Universal Music UK have announced details of the release of the soundtrack to the forthcoming film, Svengali. The compilation, featuring tracks from the likes of The Stone Roses, Miles Kane, Small Faces, The Fall, The Coral and Big Star, alongside a track by The Prems, the band featured in the film, is released on Monday 17th March 2014.
SVENGALI, described by Irvine Welsh as "one of the coolest and funniest British movies in ages," will be out in cinemas and available for digital download from March 21, 2014.
The film, featuring a cast of critically acclaimed actors such as Martin Freeman, Katy Brand and Matt Berry, along with leading music figures like Alan McGee and Carl Barât, is written by new comedy sensation, Jonny Owen, who stars as Dixie. Described as the "Rock 'n' Roll world's The Office" (NME), SVENGALI, based on Jonny Owen's hit YouTube 'webisodes' of the same name, will also be available on DVD and Blu-ray on April 7, 2014.
The film tells the story of Dixie (Jonny Owen), a postman from South Wales and a music fanatic. All his life he's dreamed of discovering a great band and then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds them. 'The Premature Congratulations' (a.k.a 'The Prems'). Accompanied by his long-term girlfriend, Shell (Vicky McClure), Dixie leaves the Welsh valleys and chases his dream to London, where he must convince the band that he's the man to help them hit the big time.
Dixie soon begins to put his 'golden ears' to use and 'The Prems' start to get noticed by cutthroat music labels and iconic industry figures such as Alan McGee.
SVENGALI is written by Jonny Owen, directed by John Hardwick, produced by Root Films and stars Jonny Owen, Michael Socha, Michael Smiley and Morwenna Banks. The film also features appearances from Cass Pennant, Huw Stephens, Katy Brand, Maxine Peake and Natasha O'Keeffe.