On a cold Thursday evening, our common room was transformed into our very own in-house cinema with the help of “Stow film lounge”, complete with popcorn and drinks for a showing of indie film “Northern Soul”. The film depicts how two young men who discovered and fell in love with Black, American Soul music turned around youth culture in Northern England catapulting the dance scene from bland and lifeless to an upbeat, expressive movement. So, what does Northern Soul actually mean?

“Northern soul is associated with particular dance styles and fashions that grew out of the underground rhythm & soul scene of the late 1960’s. As the favoured beat became more upbeat and frantic, by the early 1970s, northern soul dancing became more athletic, somewhat resembling the later dance styles of disco and break dancing. Featuring spins, flips, karate kicks and backdrops, club dancing styles were often inspired by the stage performances of touring American soul acts.”

Nothern Soul was chosen for it’s cultural commentary of the soul movement in the seventies – the first taste the UK had of rave culture. The film probes the topics of discovery, formative relationships and what it means to be a young person at the cutting edge of what is popular whilst simultaneously figuring out the world.”- Alex Pinkerton, FTV Support Tutor



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