Director: Pat Holden
Writer : Kevin Sampson. 1h 45m. UK.
On the Wirral in the grim early years of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership, the opportunities for thrill seeking young men looking to escape 9 to 5 drudgery.
Carty wants to become part of the “pact”; a footie hooligan group from the Wirral, he shoe horns his way into the gang via the acid tripping, dope smoking big dreaming Elvis, who takes him under his wing. Carty has some big dreams on how the Pact is run; but without much experience he thinks he’s a fully fledged hooligan. There are members of the Pact who are willing to help his and others willing to give him a trial by fire. Young Carty never quite sees the bigger picture of ever knows where he stands.
You get the impression that Carty is a angry young man who loves to fight but through his confusing relationship with Elvis and a hot temper he just shows himself up to be a fool, which in turn sends him over the edge and the cycle goes on again.
I adore the cinematography in this film, while focusing in on the strained relationship of the two young men it still shows the grim scenery of “oop north” with the added depressive OST you start to connect with the pacts need to go out and fight.
Commonly this film gets slated as being boring, he’s a drama, it’s not about the glorification of football hooliganism, it’s more of a coming of age movie. Carty wants so desperately to be a part of a group that aren’t willing to accept him. He gets so caught up with being around the group that he misses all of the dangers.
OST : The soundtrack for this film is amazing and is worth having! It includes Cabaret Voltaire, Joy Division, Ultravox, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, OMD, The Jam, Teardrop Explodes,
Q : “Well roody doody carty la”
BS : I adore the scene where the boys are buying music and nut the goth, I’m a goth but that guy was beggin for it. * My sisters favourite scene is the epic acid trip that Elvis has. I think it’s also worth pointing out that there is a great pivotal scene in the confessional box.
T : this is more of a goof, spotted by my sister. When Carty gets Elvis on the guest list, Elvis is wearing a “The Crow” t-shirt depicting Brendon Lee as Eric Draven . That movie came out in 1994 whereas this movie is set in 1979.
Related : Cass ( 2008) , Green Street (2005), Control (2007)
Lists : Football ‘Oliganism