19 May 2009

FACT is delighted to announce that the writer behind the seminal novel Awaydays and its new film adaptation, Kevin Sampson, will be joining us for a post-screening Q&A session on Thursday 28 May.

"Awaydays has been described as unflinchingly savage, but I think it's poetic and transcendental, too," says Sampson. "It's beautiful, mean, exhilarating, evil and innocent. It's set in the past, but it's all about now. It's about the wild, the beautiful and the damned - a hymn to the last rites of youth. Above all, it's a film about young hearts bursting free and running amok. Awaydays is a film about you."

When Carty meets Elvis at a Bunnymen gig, they fall headlong into a volatile friendship that each of them aches for but neither can control. Violent, sexy and funny, Awaydays is a blade-sharp rites-of-passage that buzzes with the post-punk energy of its late-70s Liverpool setting.  Based on the classic novel by Kevin Sampson, and pulsating to a soundtrack of Joy Division, The Cure, Magazine, Echo & The Bunnymen and Ultravox, Awaydays examines identity, fate, the nature of male longings and their need to belong. It is the first major feature film to be set during, and evocatively portray, the first dawning of the football casual fashion cult.