Synopsis: Svengali tells the story of Dixie, a small town guy with a big dream. He leaves a humble Welsh mining town for the bright lights of London, intent on becoming the manager of the best band in the world. Svengali is a feel-good British comedy with a heart of gold and a soundtrack to match.
Genre: Comedy, Music
Director(s): John Hardwick
Production: Root Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min


Hey, he was a dark horse, after all,

wasn't he?

Is it this one?

Yeah. Shell, he was a dark horse at first.

Yes, he was a very dark horse, Dixie.

- You're supposed to say, "Who?"

- Huh?

- You're supposed to say, "Who?"


- Come on, say it.

- Who?

Black Beauty.


I'll knock the door now.


Hiya. Dixie, Michelle. Here to see the flat.

1,170 pounds a month, all up front.

She said 1,000 on the phone.

(SOFTLY) Shh. It's all right, love.

Let's just get it.

- Can we have a look at it first?

- No, it's fine.

It's fine. No worries. Um...

There's 1,000 there in that bundle.

There's the bit extra.

Have you got 20 quid, love?

That's all we've got left.


Let's just get it now.

Can we see the flat then, please?

Hey, fair play. It's all right, this.

Hey, look! Double mattress.



Ugh, look. Ugh, I can't sleep on that.

- What is that?

- Don't smell it.

It's mayonnaise, that is.

Bit crusty, isn't it? White and crusty.

- Do you want to have a look? Come on.

- Get off. Stop it.

- You going on the bed? Go on, lie there.

- Get off.

All right, I love you! I'm going straight

to see Horsey about the band, okay?

- I'll see you after. Ta-ra.

All right. Good luck.

Hello. Horsey, it's me. It's Dixie.

How's it going, butt?

Listen, when you get this message,

give me a shout, I've moved to London.

And I'm managing a band. They are amazing.

So, give me a shout then we'll hook up, butt,

all right? Ta-ra!

Hello, Horse, it's me, Dixie.

Listen, I'm here in the middle of town.

North of Nash town... Actually, Oxford.

London Town.

Hi, Horse. It's me again, it is.

Listen, there's something wrong

with your answering machine, I think.

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Jonny Owen

Jonathan Tudor "Jonny" Owen (born 4 July 1971 in Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan) is a Welsh producer, actor and writer who has appeared TV shows including Shameless, Murphy's Law and My Family. Owen won a Welsh BAFTA in 2007 for the documentary The Aberfan Disaster which he co-produced with Judith Davies.As a teenager he was a Welsh Boys Club Boxing champion. In his later teens he was in the 1990s indie band The Pocket Devils as bass player and lead singer/songwriter. Signed to Sanctuary Records in the UK and Pop Music Records in the US they finally split after Owen landed the part of Richey in the Welsh drama series Nuts and Bolts in 1999. From Nuts and Bolts he landed parts in UK Network series including Murphy's Law with James Nesbitt and Dirty Work with Neil Pearson. His meeting with Irvine Welsh when filming the Gene video "Is it over?" proved pivotal in Owen's career. He has since worked with Welsh (and his writing partner Dean Cavanagh) on several dramas including Dose for the BBC, Wedding Belles for C4 and Good Arrows for ITV (which Owen also produced). His 2006 film Little White Lies won several film festival awards and was featured at the Moscow Film Festival. He played a BNP thug, receiving positive reviews. In 2007 he appeared as Banana Boat in Russell T Davies's Torchwood. Owen has also worked extensively as a writer and producer for ITV Wales, including winning the Gwyn Alf Williams Award at the Welsh BAFTAs for the 40th anniversary documentary of the Aberfan disaster. It was revealed during shooting that Owen's father had been one of the first Welsh miners on the scene in the recovery operation. Owen also did a piece for Cardiff City's appearance in the FA Cup final for Match of the Day in 2008. It received positive reviews in the media (The Guardian said it was the best part of the day's coverage) and from football fans across the country.In 2009 Owen appeared as regular character Ady in Channel 4's Shameless, and continued in the role in 2010. 2009 also saw the release of the independent film A Bit of Tom Jones?, with Owen in the lead role. The film spread from a limited release in Wales to being shown in selected markets throughout the UK by Vue. He is the writer and creator of Svengali, a cult internet series which the Evening Standard and NME called 'the best series on the net'. He plays the manager of an up-and-coming band. It is based on his own experiences in the music industry to the point that he named the character 'Dixie' after the manager of his own band. The female lead is played by Smack the Pony's Sally Phillips. Former Creation Records head Alan McGee plays the Svengali whom 'Dixie' pursues in an effort to get the band he manages signed. In 2013 Svengali was turned into a feature-length film, directed by John Hardwick and written by Jonny Owen. The film stars Owen, Martin Freeman, Vicky McClure, Matt Berry, Michael Socha, Michael Smiley and Natasha O'Keeffe, and is the debut release from Root Films. It was selected to show at the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival. It was also nominated for the Michael Powell Award, a prize which honours the best British feature film. Owen has written for The Guardian, Telegraph, Metro and Western Mail. He also was the voice for ITV Wales's Soccer Sunday programme from 2002–2008 and did weekly reports from France for ITV during the 2007 Rugby World Cup.In 2014 he played in the new Jack Thornes' series Glue on E4. On 10 March 2018, Owen was appointed as a director at Nottingham Forest to control the club's media output and video production. more…

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