Directed by Pat Holden
  • United Kingdom
  • 104 minutes

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 are what  they’ve always been: sex, drugs, rock n’ roll,  fashion, football and fighting. Paul Carty  (Nicky Bell) goes to the game, chases skirt,  pores over records in the racks at Probe, and  gets to see Echo and the Bunnymen, but  his fraught family life and dull job leave him  feeling bereft and he is soon drawn to The  Pack, a faction of football hooligans who  own the terraces. 

Endearing himself to The Pack’s General,  John Godden (Stephen Graham), Carty  throws himself into a world of boozy  train journeys, Stanley knives and savage  violence. Skillfully directed by Pat Holden,  with a script adapted by Kevin Sampson  from his own cult novel, Awaydays is an  exuberant thrill, an outstanding rites of  passage movie with intelligence and depth  that is superior to any recent film dealing  with hooliganism. 

Michael Hayden, London Film Festival  Programme


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Nicky Bell, Liam Boyle,Stephen Graham