Awaydays

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The memory of ‘This is England’ hangs over this adaptation of Kevin Sampson’s novel ‘Awaydays’. Again, it’s a period story of a young man’s initiation into a gang of thugs – this time football hooligans in 1979 – who seek solidarity and identity through music and fashion. The slo-mo scenes of lads marching towards the camera to music, all of them oozing pride and brandishing Adidas raincoats and trainers, could be straight from Shane Meadows’s film, not least because Stephen Graham is back as an older, influential leader of the pack.

But while the group dynamics have a pleasing swagger to them and ‘Awaydays’ is more concerned with character than knuckle-headed hooligan films like ‘The Football Factory’, the film falls down in its effort to make credible the background stories of its well-performed lead characters, Carty (Nicky Bell) and Elvis (Liam Boyle), one a suburban boy looking for working-class thrills, the other an alienated romantic confused about his sexuality. It’s also hard to ignore the shoddy acting in some of the smaller roles and cinematography that is unforgivably murky.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday May 22 2009
Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Pat Holden
Screenwriter: Kevin Sampson
Cast: Nicky Bell
Liam Boyle
Stephen Graham

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:4
  • 1 star:0
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Rod

This really is a truly awful film. Put Irvine Walsh and Danny Boyle on the case and you'll get some sort of idea how casuals worked in the 80's. Too much emphasis on adidas trainers and overplayed Joy Division. Furthermore, I found it impossible to buy into any of the characters. Don't do what I did by wasting a whole evening persevering with this garbage.

Parker

utter rubbish. a middle class fantasy about what its like to be a football hooligan. vanity film-making at its worse

XBCF

This movie stands head and shoulders above the genre and puts This is England into the shade. I can see why a southerm media centric view would prefer the latter (it has all the right signifiers, neo-nazi skins,, the falklands, jingoistic polemic over identity ) but awaydays captures an evolutionary moment in youth culture , the death of the bovver boy(as featured throughout This is England) and the emergence of the Cult with no name, a male driven, fashion and football obsessed culture that would later become quanitified down South as the Casual. This movement hasn't jumped on the Meadows bandwagon at all, it show quite implicitly why up north, skinheads were a thing of the past by 1980 let alone '82. A very well crafted adn put together movie tha looks as though it was in 1979 rather then being low budget. This is the kind of movie that in 2-3 years time will be classed as a classic cult movie by those who have slagged it... a bit like This is England, which so many people hated at the time but now strangely seem to hold up as one of the best British movies of all time,

XBCF

This movie stands head and shoulders above the genre and puts This is England into the shade. I can see why a southerm media centric view would prefer the latter (it has all the right signifiers, neo-nazi skins,, the falklands, jingoistic polemic over identity ) but awaydays captures an evolutionary moment in youth culture , the death of the bovver boy(as featured throughout This is England) and the emergence of the Cult with no name, a male driven, fashion and football obsessed culture that would later become quanitified down South as the Casual. This movement hasn't jumped on the Meadows bandwagon at all, it show quite implicitly why up north, skinheads were a thing of the past by 1980 let alone '82. A very well crafted adn put together movie tha looks as though it was in 1979 rather then being low budget. This is the kind of movie that in 2-3 years time will be classed as a classic cult movie by those who have slagged it... a bit like This is England, which so many people hated at the time but now strangely seem to hold up as one of the best British movies of all time,

king

Best footie film ever. This captures the moment for me better than any other. The clothes, the gesturing, the hair - this was as it was. I always thought the relationship between elvis and carty, One was educated who wanted into the thug scene, whilst the other had no option but to be in the thug scene, actually wanted something more. Much better than 'this is england' which for me was all wrong.

king

Best footie film ever. This captures the moment for me better than any other. The clothes, the gesturing, the hair - this was as it was. I always thought the relationship between elvis and carty, One was educated who wanted into the thug scene, whilst the other had no option but to be in the thug scene, actually wanted something more. Much better than 'this is england' which for me was all wrong.

Scot

it is on the torrent sites now...noticed it coincided with the films imdb rating going through the floor! very drab, very scouse, lots of better ways to spend an afternoon

Penguin Lover

Easy to criticise the budget. Gave it 3 stars, but after looking behind the story and watching it again - 5 STARS! The pro's greatly outweigh the cons, and anyone who like rough brit indie films simply have see it...

Penguin Lover

Easy to criticise the budget. Gave it 3 stars, but after looking behind the story and watching it again - 5 STARS! The pro's greatly outweigh the cons, and anyone who like rough brit indie films simply have see it...

T Belton

i think the fact this film is NOWHERE on the bit torrent sites sums up how good it is.....not worth watching for free

Mike Draper

Have read a few articles/ interviews on the film, very funny how the writer Kevin Sampson self proclaims the film to be the new Trainspotting, Control, This is England, Quadrophenia etc. How self important!? This is so far outside the class of those films. A turgid mess.

Peter

Rubbish. No wonder it flopped - first weekend reported by UK Film Council was a £39,000 gross off 46 screens. Must have spend £250-300,000 on release. Probably won't pass £100,000 box office (most of which is VAT and cinema's cut)

Octavia

I agree with Salford Red. The way that This is England commercially fetishises that culture is painful. AwayDays was written way before, by a genuine casuals pioneer, and as a film it has far more integrity. The fashion references etc. are more accurate than any other film has been able to achieve. The boys are brilliant too. My review at getyourocksoff[dot]blogspot[dot]com

Octavia

I agree with Salford Red. The way that This is England commercially fetishises that culture is painful. AwayDays was written way before, by a genuine casuals pioneer, and as a film it has far more integrity. The fashion references etc. are more accurate than any other film has been able to achieve. The boys are brilliant too. My review at getyourocksoff[dot]blogspot[dot]com

cherise

i haven't seen this, but i just want to see it for the rascals. the rascals are actually ace.

cherise

i haven't seen this, but i just want to see it for the rascals. the rascals are actually ace.

Mark

Poor attempt at jumping on the This Is England band wagon, only to fall off the back

James

the film portrays the time brilliantly, the young actors deserve a lot of credit, regards to the clothes and floppy fringes... they are meant to be emphasized. these boys were poineers. Excellent film

James

the film portrays the time brilliantly, the young actors deserve a lot of credit, regards to the clothes and floppy fringes... they are meant to be emphasized. these boys were poineers. Excellent film

Graham.

the writer of this film is exellent and deserves long awaied credit. this film was written long before this is england ,cass, etc etc . i have seen this film twice and it just gets better, the whole film was true to its era and enviroment it was based on. a long awaited classic

Graham.

the writer of this film is exellent and deserves long awaied credit. this film was written long before this is england ,cass, etc etc . i have seen this film twice and it just gets better, the whole film was true to its era and enviroment it was based on. a long awaited classic

Jenny Parker

cheap attempt to make a 'this is england' type coming of age drama. missed the target. obsessed with 'wedge' haircuts to the point of fetish!!! lol

Colin J

badly written, shockingly poor acting and execution, maybe a reason why it took 10 years to make and the film industry turned it down until private finance came along (apparently the ex Liverpool chairman David Moores flush with his sale of the club paid for it)

Stretford Ender

I was a little disappointed with this one. The film didn't really expand on the relationship of Elvis and Carty, and Elvis' feelings towards him. The low budget shone through. Not one I would reccommend.