13 May 2011

It’s not every day there’s the opportunity to see a world premiere in Liverpool, which makes this screening of Powder very special indeed. That, and the fact that Powder is based on the novel by popular Liverpool author and ex-manager of The Farm, Kevin Sampson.

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Powder stars Liam Boyle and Keith Allen’s son, Alfie Allen and follows the journey of fictional down and out band The Grams as they go for their once last chance to make it big. Influenced by his backstage experience with The Farm, Sampson says “I always saw this massive potential for comedy and drama in the music business. You’ve got all those egos, all that excess. You build up a monumental well of anecdotes. It’s perfect for a film”.  Powder contrasts a fast paced, drug and alcohol fuelled insight into the dark belly of the music industry with the excitement and enthusiasm of a new band breaking through.

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You might have been lucky enough to spot the film in its production stages around Liverpool in the end of 2009. Red Union Films (the team behind the 2009 Awaydays) took over Alma De Cuba, Korova and Knowsley Hall. They also filmed live at the V Festival which lead to cameos from The Script, The Wombats, Lily Allen, Noel Gallagher and even The Smith’s Johnny Marr posing as a guitar salesman! The local links continue with Wigan band, Starsailors, who wrote five songs for The Grams to play and local musicians and actresses playing parts in the film.

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Powder will be screened at FACT on May 19 at 6.00pm as part of Sound City 2011. Tickets are available to Sound City wristband holders or can be bought individually here or at the FACT box office. There is limited availability so book quickly to make sure you don’t miss out. 


 

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POWDER - Trailer (pre-release) from Red Union Films on Vimeo.