Spike Island is a British coming-of-age drama film released in 2012, directed by Mat Whitecross and starring Emilia Clarke, Elliott Tittensor, and Nico Mirallegro. The film tells the story of a group of young musicians from Manchester who form a band called “The Stone Roses” and dream of playing at the legendary Spike Island concert in 1990.
The film follows the band members, led by frontman Gary “Tits” Titchfield (Elliott Tittensor), as they navigate the challenges of teenage life and pursue their dream of becoming rock stars. Along the way, they encounter various obstacles, including disapproving parents, rival bands, and logistical difficulties in obtaining tickets to the sold-out concert.
Spike Island received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its nostalgic depiction of the Manchester music scene in the 1990s and its soundtrack featuring The Stone Roses’ music, while others criticized its formulaic plot and character development. The film was not a commercial success, grossing only £89,000 at the UK box office.
Despite its mixed reception, Spike Island has gained a cult following among fans of The Stone Roses and Manchester’s music scene. The film is often cited as a tribute to the band and their impact on British music, as well as a reflection of the cultural significance of Spike Island and its place in the history of music festivals.
Duration: 105 min.