Soulboy (film)

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Directed byShimmy Marcus
Written byJeff Williams
Produced byChristine Aldersen
Natasha Carlish
Peter Rudge
StarringMartin Compston
Alfie Allen
Pat Shortt
Bruce Jones
Edited byAndrew Hulme
Music byLen Arran
Distributed bySoda Pictures
Moviehouse Entertainment
Release date
CountryUnited Kingdom

Soulboy (previously given the working title Souled Out[2]) is a 2010 British film directed by Shimmy Marcus about 17-year-old Joe McCain (Martin Compston) coming of age in 1974 amidst the northern soul scene. The film was shot in Stoke on Trent following initial discussions with former Wigan Casino DJ Kev Roberts.


The film is set in Stoke-on-Trent in 1974. Joe McCain, 17 and restless, is bored with the flatline tedium of a life that seems like it's going nowhere, spending his Saturday nights in a dead pub called The Purple Onion and trying to rob the local fish and chip shop. However he then sees a beautiful woman in the street, and acting on impulse follows her into a record shop called Dee Dees Discs, where he finds out that one of her main interests is soul music and dancing at weekends at the Wigan Casino; the home of Northern Soul. He decides to go with his friend Russ on the coach that Saturday night, and starts to devote himself to learning how to fit in with the soul scene and become a Soul Boy, but there are complications on the way...



Paul Weller, Feeder, Duffy and The Dap-Kings worked on the soundtrack to the film.[3]


  1. ^ "SoulBoy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  2. ^ BBC story: Soulboy (previously titled 'Souled Out') set in the Northern Soul scene in the seventies.
  3. ^ "Paul Weller, Duffy, Mark Ronson's band for Northern Soul film soundtrack". NME. 14 August 2008.

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