Svengali plus Alan McGee Q&A Cert. 15 Picture house at FACT

  • Released2014
  • Running time93 minutes

SVENGALI tells the story of Dixie (Jonny Owen), a postman from South Wales, and a music fanatic. All his life he’s dreamed of discovering a great band, and one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds them: The Premature Congratulations. He hunts them down and offers them his management services. They are young, arrogant, sexy and utterly magnificent. Armed with their demo tape, he heads to the streets of London.

Innocent, wide-eyed Dixie embarks on a roller-coaster ride through the most notorious industry of them all. His partner and the protector of his sanity through it all is his soul mate Michelle (Vicky McClure).

Every day is a battle for Dixie, broke and working for nothing to get his beloved band gigs. Their egos grow with their rising stardom, and the more successful they become, the greater the chances are of Dixie losing them.

He has to decide what his real priority is in life: his love of music, or his love for Michelle.

Q&A with Alan McGee

Following the screening, Peter Guy will interview Alan McGee about his life and career.

Alan McGee has been a record label owner, musician, manager, and music blogger for The Guardian. McGee is best known for co-forming and running the independent Creation Records label from 1983–1999, and then Poptones from 1999-2007

Peter Guy is a journalist at the Liverpool Echo. For seven years Peter's blog, Getintothis, has been at the forefront of national consciousness charting the rise of new emerging music. In 2011, Peter founded the GIT Award, dubbed by the NME as the Scouse Mercury Prize, and alongside a judging panel of 6 Music, The Guardian, Q Magazine, Vice Magazine and more, the prize has brought international recognition to breaking artists on Merseyside while being backed by Yoko Ono and various global brands.

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