Spike Island (film)

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Spike Island
Spike Island poster.jpg
Spike Island film poster
Directed byMat Whitecross
Produced byEsther Douglas
Fiona Neilson
Written byChris Coghill
Music byIlan Eshkeri
Tim Wheeler
CinematographyChristopher Ross
Edited byPeter Christelis
Distributed by
Release date
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£111,329[1]

Spike Island is a 2012 British comedy film, directed by Mat Whitecross and written by Chris Coghill. It was distributed by Universal Pictures and Vertigo Films and produced by Revolver Entertainment. The film is based on The Stone Roses' seminal gig on Spike Island in Cheshire, England, and follows the story of a group of friends who idolize the band and try to get into the gig, but are faced with problems because they do not have a ticket or a way to get there. Spike Island was premiered on 11 October 2012 at the BFI London Film Festival and was released on DVD on 21 June 2013.


Set in May 1990, the film follows the exploits of five lads: Gary 'Tits' Titchfield, Darren 'Dodge' Hodge, Chris 'Zippy' Weeks, 'Little Gaz' Gareth Barrett and 'Penfold' Andrew Peach. They are The Stone Roses fans and members of wannabe band Shadowcaster. It starts 60 hours prior to The Stone Roses' legendary gig at Spike Island, Widnes, Cheshire. The group get an idea to give The Stone Roses their cassette tape via Sally, a girl whom both Tits and Dodge show interest in, although Dodge has never spoken to her. They hatch a plan to get tickets to the gig and kick-start their career. Tits' brother 'Ibiza' Steve gets the boys on the guest-list for the gig. But when Tits' dad gets increasingly ill during the 60 hours, he fails to turn up and on the morning of the gig his dad worsens but his dad tells Tits to go to the gig. Penfold's dad burns his top in an effort to stop him from going and when he goes to hit him Penfold stands up to his dad after his dad has been abusing him and heads to the gig. They lure 'Uncle Hairy' out of his van and steal it but when they run out of fuel they have to stop but Penfold convinces them to walk to the M6. They hide in the baggage hold of the bus until they arrive at Spike Island. Once arrived they jump out of their hiding place and are chased by police and the bus driver but lose them in the crowd. They lose Penfold and are unable to find him, so they carry on to the entry zone. But are turned away because they do not have tickets and are not on the guest-list. The remaining four make their way to the outside of the venue. They meet Sally who has lost her friends in the crowd and doesn't want to go in alone and gives Dodge her ticket. Dodge heads for the gig without the cassette tape because he was afraid "to fuck it up". On his way back to the boys, he sees Sally and Tits hooking up. Tits and Dodge later argue but when Tits' dad eventually dies they make up. Meanwhile, Zippy visits the nearby Catalyst Science Discovery Centre (at that point still called The Museum of the Chemical Industry). At the end of the movie it is shown that Tits and Sally are together and all the boys have moved on as school has finished. The ending scene shows Tits looking at Dodge from his window while Dodge walks down the lane with his guitar and bags.



Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 48% based on 25 reviews; the average rating is 4.9/10.[2]



  1. ^ "Spike Island (2012) - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Spike Island (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Nominations 2012", British Independent Film Awards, retrieved 6 December 2014

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