Back to the 1970s for music spectacular
9:45am Wednesday 26th September 2012 in News
THE cameras are rolling and the music is pounding.
Production of a northern soul film starring eighties pop star Lisa Stansfield and young Bolton dancers has begun.
The film, simply called Northern Soul, is being shot at several locations in Bolton and Bury in the next four weeks.
It includes stars such as Ricky Tomlinson, Steve Coogan, John Thompson and Lisa Stansfield.
The Bridge Inn pub in Church Street, Horwich , was given a makeover to transport it back to 1975 ready for filming on Monday.
Decorators painted the function room and installed pictures and beer mats in keeping with the era.
Landlady Christine Burgess said: “This is the third time that there has been filming here. They said the pub was what they were looking for as it is big and has old tiles.
“They were here at 8am and the pub has had to be shut all day.”
The pub was used to film a wake scene which featured northern soul dancing.
Bury-born photographer Elaine Constantine is behind the film, which tells the story of two young northern men whose lives are dramatically changed by the 1970s northern soul scene. Ms Constantine, aged 46, wrote the screenplay and is directing. She grew up on the soul scene and has been developing the idea for 15 years.
She said: “When northern soul exploded out of the north it was spellbinding to witness.
“Young lads, who never expressed themselves, were suddenly dancing with passion to this new sound.
“As a teenager, dancing to this music gave me an overwhelming feeling of belonging and euphoria.
“It’s this same feeling of excitement and belonging to something special that I want to give to the audience of the film.”
Unknown actors Elliot James Langridge and Josh Whitehouse will play the lead parts.
Dance rehearsals for members of the cast were held earlier this year at Rumworth Hall and included youngsters Ethan Howarth, Laura West and Danny Elton from Bolton, Farnworth and Westhoughton .
Ethan’s dad, Brent, aged 55, a Rumworth Hall DJ, provided the music and the youngsters were praised by veteran northern soul DJ Richard Searling, a former DJ at Bolton’s Va-Vas club and Wigan Casino, for their commitment.
The film is due for release in spring 2013.