DirectorShimmy Marcus Duration ScreenplayJeff Williams WriterJeff Williams LanguageEnglish
Release date19 June 2010 (2010-06-19) (Edinburgh) CastMartin Compston, Felicity Jones, Alfie Allen (Russ Mountjoy), Nichola Burley Similar moviesNorthern Soul: Living for the Weekend, The Way of the Crowd
Soulboy (previously given the working title Souled Out) is a 2010 British film directed by Shimmy Marcus about 17-year-old Joe McCain (Martin Compston) coming of age in 1974 amidst the northern soul scene. The film was shot in Stoke on Trent.
The film is set in Stoke-on-Trent in 1974. Joe McCain, 17 and restless, is bored with the flatline tedium of a life that seems like it's going nowhere, spending his Saturday nights in a dead pub called The Purple Onion and trying to rob the local fish and chip shop. However he then sees a beautiful woman in the street, and acting on impulse follows her into a record shop called Dee Dees Discs, where he finds out that one of her main interests is soul music and dancing at weekends at the Wigan Casino - the home of Northern Soul. He decides to go with his friend Russ on the coach that Saturday night, and starts to devote himself to learning how to fit in with the soul scene and become a Soul Boy - but there are complications on the way...
Martin Compston as Joe McCain
Felicity Jones as Mandy Hodgson
Alfie Allen as Russ Mountjoy
Nichola Burley as Jane Rogers
Craig Parkinson as Alan
Brian McCardie as Fish Shop Bobby
Jo Hartley as Monica
Pat Shortt as Brendan
Huey Morgan as Dee Dee
Bruce Jones as Wigan Casino bouncer
George Oliver as Speedy Guy
Paul Weller, Feeder, Duffy and The Dap-Kings worked on the soundtrack to the film. Two classic Jimmy Radcliffe recordings appear on the soundtrack release, the storming dancer "Breakaway" by The Steve Karmen Big Band featuring Jimmy Radcliffe and one of the 3 Before 8 alltime classics "Long After Tonight Is All Over".