THE cameras have been rolling in Bury’s streets this week to make a film starring 1980s pop star Lisa Stansfield.
Called Northern Soul, it is being shot at six locations in Bury and Bolton over the next four weeks. The film includes stars such as Ricky Tomlinson, Steve Coogan and John Thompson.
Bury-born photographer Elaine Constantine is behind the project, which tells the story of two young northern men whose lives are dramatically changed by the 1970s Northern Soul scene.
Filming began this week in Merton Street and Fairy Street. Details of other sites and schedules are being kept secret and the film company hopes the weather will improve after heavy showers on Monday.
Ms Constantine, aged 46, is the director and wrote the screenplay. She grew up on the soul scene and has been developing the idea for 15 years.
She said: “When Northern Soul exploded out of the North it was spellbinding to witness. Young lads, who never expressed themselves were suddenly dancing with passion to this new sound.“As a teenager, dancing to this music gave me an overwhelming feeling of belonging and euphoria. It’s this same feeling of excitement and belonging to something special that I want to give to the film.”
She formed a production company three years ago, raised funds from investors and is working with producer Debbie Gray.
The film tells the story of a youth culture which emerged in the North when mods delved deeper into obscure black American soul music. Ms Constantine spent five years working with a script expert to ensure the film appeals internationally, whilst trying to make it as authentic as possible.
She first achieved fame working for style magazine The Face, but later filmed short documentaries and pop videos. The movie is due for release in 2013 depending on investments.