Jul 21, 2014
Spike Island: Manchester Boys Bond at a Rock Concert
Usually it's set at an iconic moment in the filmmakers' life.
The British have their own versions, most recently Spike Island (2013), set during the heyday of The Stone Roses. Yeah, I never heard of them either, but apparently they gave a famous "final concert" in May 1990 on Spike Island in Cheshire, and five working-class Manchester lads are desperate to go.
But they have no tickets, no money, and the concert's sold out. So they steal a florist's van and head out on the highway.
The main couple are Tits (Elliott Tittensor) and Dodge (Nico Mirallegro), who dread the upcoming end of their long-term friendship while competing over the same girl.
But there's also a lot of gay connection. Both Tittensor and Mirallegro have played gay characters before, and they add a nice gay subtext. Plus there's a lot of physicality in the boys' relationship, hugging, holding, hanging over each other.
And some semi-nudity. Recommended.
See also: I Wanna Hold Your Hand