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“I can finally say I’ve made some art mark on Manchester.” Jim Moir talks to Northern Soul

November 17, 2021 No Comments

He may have had a long and successful comedy career as Vic Reeves, Britain’s self-styled top light entertainer and singer, but he signs his artwork with his real name.

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'THE THE' at the RAH credit: Andy Paradise

“It was very emotionally charged for me.” The The’s Matt Johnson talks about The Comeback Special

November 10, 2021 Comments Off on “It was very emotionally charged for me.” The The’s Matt Johnson talks about The Comeback Special

When The The’s singer/songwriter/prime mover Matt Johnson became the focus of a documentary, The Inertia Variations, back in 2017, it had an unexpected impact on him.

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Sparks Brothers

Film Review: The Sparks Brothers

July 21, 2021 Comments Off on Film Review: The Sparks Brothers

We seem to be living at the tail end of a golden age for the music documentary.

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“People don’t want to hear me, they want to hear the filmmaker.” Jason Wood talks about The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema

June 10, 2021 Comments Off on “People don’t want to hear me, they want to hear the filmmaker.” Jason Wood talks about The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema

Back in the early 2000s, Mexican cinema was riding a wave with films such as Amores Perros and Y tu mamá también impressing audiences and critics alike.

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“It was an absolute buzz.” Graham Duff talks about collaborating with Mark E Smith on horror script The Otherwise

June 8, 2021 Comments Off on “It was an absolute buzz.” Graham Duff talks about collaborating with Mark E Smith on horror script The Otherwise

“Course it is, where do you think I get this golden glow from, Ready Brek?”.

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Excavate!

Book Review: Excavate! The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall

April 1, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Excavate! The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall

In the preface to this new Faber compendium of essays about The Fall, co-editors Tessa Norton and Bob Stanley declare that ‘this book is not about a rock band’. They say: ‘This is not even about Mark E Smith. The book is for Mark E Smith more than it is about him.”

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Cafe Exil

“It was pure, undiluted pleasure.” HOME’s Jason Wood and Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley chat to Northern Soul about Café Exil

December 10, 2020 Comments Off on “It was pure, undiluted pleasure.” HOME’s Jason Wood and Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley chat to Northern Soul about Café Exil

By day, Jason Wood is the creative director for film & culture at HOME in Manchester and his friend Bob Stanley is one-third of beloved British pop band Saint Etienne.

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David Nolan

“Come for the machetes, stay for the political insights.” Author David Nolan talks to Northern Soul about his new book

November 26, 2020 Comments Off on “Come for the machetes, stay for the political insights.” Author David Nolan talks to Northern Soul about his new book

When David Nolan wrote his debut novel Black Moss two years ago, it was almost as an experiment, an unpremeditated tangent to his successful career as a journalist, documentary maker and non-fiction author.

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“Your worst enemy in this game is indifference.” John Cooper Clarke talks about his autobiography, I Wanna Be Yours

October 19, 2020 Comments Off on “Your worst enemy in this game is indifference.” John Cooper Clarke talks about his autobiography, I Wanna Be Yours

When Northern Soul speaks to John Cooper Clarke about his new autobiography and sings its praises to the skies, he’s right in the middle of recording the audiobook version and seems to appreciate the plaudits.

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The principles of puppet making

“The animation industry wouldn’t be where it is today without Manchester.” Director of Manchester Animation Festival, Steve Henderson

October 19, 2020 Comments Off on “The animation industry wouldn’t be where it is today without Manchester.” Director of Manchester Animation Festival, Steve Henderson

There’s often a risk that the world of animation can be undervalued, pigeon-holed as the preserve of children’s films and not much more.

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