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“Svengali is probably the most exciting thing I’ve done since Oasis” Alan McGee
Svengali + Alan McGee Q & A
ON THE ROAD CINEMA TOUR – AUGUST 2014
British comedy rock and roll drama, Svengali, returns to cinemas this summer for selected screenings followed by a Q & A with Creation Records founder, Alan McGee, who plays himself in the film.
An influential figure in the music industry, McGee has managed and signed some of the greatest names in British music, including The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Libertines, who both feature in the film’s soundtrack. Most notably under McGee’s direction, Oasis rose to become one of the world’s biggest Britpop bands.
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 then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds them… ‘The Premature Congratulations’ (a.k.a. ‘The Prems’). Accompanied by his long-term girlfriend, Shell (Vicky McClure), Dixie leaves the Welsh valleys and chases his dream to London, where he must convince the band he’s the man to help them hit the big time. Dixie soon begins to put his ‘golden ears’ to use and ‘The Prems’ start to get noticed by cutthroat music labels and iconic industry figures, including Alan McGee. Is Dixie’s newfound success and recognition all it’s cracked up to be?
McGee says “Svengali is probably the most exciting thing I’ve done since Oasis. A classic feel good British rock and roll film.”
The film + Q & A will take place during August at selected Picturehouse venues and independent cinemas. The confirmed locations include Birmingham, Hackney, Southampton, Brighton, Oxford, Liverpool and Leeds.
McGee will be joined on the road by Paul Dixon, the real ‘Dixie’ upon which Jonny Owen (who also produced and wrote the screenplay for Svengali) based his character. Dixon previously managed Owen’s band, The Pocket Devils.
Svengali was first released in cinemas in March this year and screened at the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013 where it competed in the prestigious Michael Powell Award. The feature film was borne out of the success of the popular Svengali series of 5 minute webisodes.
Play dates – Svengali + Alan McGee Q & A
Cert 15 R/T 89mins (excluding Q&A)
Tuesday August 5 @ 6.15pm
The Electric Cinema, Birmingham
Box Office 0121 643 7879
Thursday August 7 @ 6.30pm
Box Office 0871 902 5734
Monday August 11 @ 6.30pm
Harbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton
Box Office 0871 902 5733
Tuesday August 12 @ 9pm
Dukes at Komedia, Brighton
Box Office 0871 902 5728
Friday August 15 – 6.30pm
The Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford
Box Office 01865 245288
Wednesday August 20 – 6.30pm
Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool
Box Office 0871 902 5737
Thursday August 21 – 6.10pm
Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds
Box Office 0113 275 2045