Rent Awaydays (2009)

2.9 of 5 from 96 ratings
1h 41min
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Synopsis:
Paul Carty is 19, good-looking, clever-and bored out of his mind. Working as a junior civil servant, he spends all his wages on gigs, clubs, records and above all, football. At a gig one night, he meets Elvis, and everything changes. Elvis is part of The Pack; a legendary, violent gang of hooligans known across the terraces, who follow their team from town to town in search of a fight, dressed in Fred Perry T-shirts and Adidas trainers and armed with Stanley knives. For as long as he can remember, Carty has been fascinated by The Pack. Now Elvis is offering him a way in.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Kevin Sampson
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
British Films, Sports & Sport Films
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/09/2009
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Imagining Awaydays Featurette: On location with Writer Kevin Sampson and Producer David Hughes
  • On The Bench: Interviews with Director Pat Holden and lead actors Nicky Bell and Liam Boyle
  • The Birth of the Casuals Featurette
  • Auditions
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/09/2009
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Imagining awaydays featurette: On location with Writer Kevin Sampson and Producer David Hughes
  • On the Bench: interviews with Director Pat Holden and lead actors Nicky Bell and Liam Boyle
  • The Birth of the Casuals featurette
  • Auditions

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Reviews (1) of Awaydays

Criminal waste of a great soundtrack - Awaydays review by CP Customer

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16/01/2010

With a plot that quickly becomes boring, stilted dialogue, wooden acting, some awful Scouse accents and vacuous characters that do little to endear themselves to the viewer, Away Days is quite simply painful to watch.

Given the subject matter, this could have been a great film but unfortunately it falls short in every department apart from the soundtrack (and maybe the costume design). Although its makers have tried to position Away Days as a more cerebral and sophisticated football hooligan film, it has none of the entertainment value of say, Football Factory.

Characters move awkwardly from one scene to the next, striking pensive poses and spouting pseudo-intellectual rubbish, whilst director Pat Holden tries to ape Shane Meadows with plenty of slow-mo shots of stylishly dressed youths walking down bleak English streets. Sadly, Away Days has absolutely none of the warmth, wit, charm or humour of anything made by Meadows. The fact that the film is set in the North West, an area whose inhabitants are renowned for all of the above, makes the film’s failings all the more apparent.

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