Spike Island

Synopsis: A wannabe rock band in Manchester hatch a plan to hand-deliver their demo tape to their idols, The Stone Roses, at the band's impending gig at Spike Island. But when their tickets fail to materialize, the gang embarks on a road trip to the concert and is forced to take extreme measures to sneak their way in. Along the way, friendships are tested and their futures are shaped - together or apart.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Mat Whitecross
Production: Level 33 Entertainment/Alchemy
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

- F*ck!

- Pen!

Come on!

Oh, yeah!

Come on, then, lads!

You all right?

My name's Gary Titchfield,

but everyone's always called me "Tits".

It's not the best nickname in the world,

but, you know, it's mine.

I like to think I make it work for me.

The kid next to me is me best mate, Dodge.

And the rest of the lads are me group.

We was a gang before we were a band,

and we were a band

before we picked up any instruments.

Know what I mean?

We were Shadow Caster,

and this is our story.

Top one!

Friday, the 25th of May, 1990.

Two days before Ian Brown, John Squire,

Alan "Reni" Wren, and Gary "Mani" Mounfield

would define an era

on the chemical banks of the dirty Mersey.

To us, The Stone Roses

were the most important band

on the face of the planet.

Will you use the fucking stairs!

Get a fucking house.

Put some clothes on, you're already late.

Right, right. I'm on it, I'm on it. F*ck!

We already knew

that Spike Island was going to be

the most important gig

in the history of the world.

Oi! Stop playing with yourself!

You need to copy that shit out.

What is it?

Chemistry, mate. Double important.

Come on, then. We're gonna be late.

The Stone Roses smacked me

in the dial like a fucking prize fighter.

And even though they looked like

they could have come

right off our estate, the Red Bricks,

there was just something

different about them.

I mean, they were just like everyone else,

except fucking cooler.

We walked like 'em, we talked like 'em,

we felt like 'em, and we thought like 'em.

They had double top hair

and we wanted to be 'em.

Wanted 'em to lift us out of the shit

and the grime and take us to their planet.

No one say f*ck-all. Stay cool.

- F*ck!

So, what is Manchester?

JB Priestley said that

"Manchester is the home of living causes"

and "What Manchester thinks today,

England thinks tomorrow."

Mind-blowingly brilliant observations,

I'm sure you'll all agree.

However, clearly nowhere near as fascinating

as what's going on outside the window.

What are your thoughts, boys?

No idea who it was, Mr Milligan.

We was nowhere

near the school gym last night.


Methinks he doth protest too much.

You look nervous, lads.

I can't think why.

I was only talking about

Priestley's Manchester.

It ain't Priestley's Manchester, sir.

It's ours.


It's the cock of the north, man.

Yeah! Top one, nice one!

You're twisting my melon, man!

And in the context of English Journey?

On any journey, sir. It ain't where

you're from, it's where you're at.

And is that your philosophy?

No, sir. It's a quote.

From somebody relevant.

Yeah, the greatest writer

of this generation.

Really? And who is that?

Just a singer in a band.

Well, may I remind you,

this isn't a music lesson.

This, in case you're unaware,

is English History.

Yeah, and The Stone Roses

are England now, sir.

See, the past is yours,

but the future's mine.

- Yeah.

Manchester, la la la!

Manchester, la la la! Manchester, la la la!

Oi! Chuckle Brothers. Sit down.

Sit down!

Sit down!

All right, stop!

Hammer time!

Gary Titchfield and his band

of merry men, please.


Settle down! Settle down!

I have never seen

such mindless, wilful destruction before!


I can't wait to hear

what you've got to say for yourselves!

Everyone knows you did it.

No, we never.

Someone read that for me.

Shadow Cast-re.

Which, unless I'm much mistaken,

is the name of your pop group.

No. We're Shadow Cast-er.

So, who was it, then?


Fans? You haven't got any fans.

You're not The Palaver.

The Palavers are bobbins, sir.

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Chris Coghill

Christopher "Chris" Coghill (born 11 April 1975) is an actor, known for his role as Tony King in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. more…

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