Sean McAllister follows up A Syrian Love Story with an eye-opening look at his hometown of Hull
“A Northern Soul is about individuals and aspirations but it also becomes a film that speaks of poverty, class, a Britain in transition and what hope there is of a better future. That might feel like a tall order but McAllister delivers with confidence in his material and the conviction that ordinary lives matter.” – Allan Hunter
See the complete review on the Screen Daily website
Class and chance collide in Sean McAllister’s brilliant Sheffield Doc/Fest opening film, as young performers are guided through their home’s transformational year as UK city of culture
A Northern Soul functions brilliantly on both a political and emotional level. At no point is anyone patronised or pitied, and much of British TV and film could learn a lot from how McAllister makes films about poverty and working-class characters. This film may not be the most beautiful looking or sounding film, but it doesn’t matter. It’s a personal cry for social mobility of the kind McAllister himself benefited from, and a demonstration that given an opportunity, northern working-class people can and will make and engage in culture for themselves.
You can read the full review in our reviews section.
The screenings of A Syrian Love Story (World Premiere Sunday 7th June) at the Sheffield Doc/Fest will be followed by Q&A sessions with Sean McAllister which may well be continued afterwards in the Showroom bar, so get your tickets now and make sure you are there.