IT'S ALL GONE PETE TONG is an award winning mockumentary -- a fictionalized and comedic "biopic" based on legendary DJ Frankie Wilde. It is a hilarious, wild and original look at an extraordinary life.
Having found success with the mockumentary genre with 2002's indie cult darling FUBAR, a fictionalized portrait of two aging headbangers, acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Michael Dowse shifts his comedic focus with IT'S ALL GONE PETE TONG to the superstar DJ lifestyle and club culture, in general.
Frankie was one of Europe's most talented and envied DJs. Everything about his life was over the top: the clubs, the parties, the women and the drugs. But the years of pounding music and heavy toxins took their toll, eventually leaving Frankie stone deaf. The good times gone, Frankie isolated himself in his villa for a year under a pile of self-pity and a mountain of drugs.
IT'S ALL GONE PETE TONG chronicles Frankie's dynamic reconnection with the beats that had defined him, the comeback that left the club world stunned, and his mysterious disappearance.
Paul Kaye, portraying Frankie Wilde, turns in an award-winning performance. The film features interviews with world-famous DJs including Pete Tong, Carl Cox, Tiesto and Paul Van Dyk. The movie's soundtrack is an amazing collection of club, new independent and classic songs.
The phrase, "It's All Gone Pete Tong," is Cockney rhyming slang that plays off the name of superstar DJ Pete Tong. It means, "It's all gone wrong."
AWARDS: Toronto Film Festival City Award for Best Picture, HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival for Best Feature and Best Actor (Paul Kaye) and the Audience Award and Grand Jury Award of the Gen Art Film Festival.
RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes
Directed by Michael Dowse
Written by Michael Dowse
Produced by Allan Niblo, James Richardson
Cast: Paul Kaye, Kate Magowan, Beatriz Batarda, Mike Wilmot, Dave Lawrence, Paul J Spence
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"After the furious and impertinent FUBAR, Michael Dowse does it again, still funny and irreverent but with much more maturity. Full of energy, combining irony and documentary methods, this story of a deaf deejay makes us laugh, cry... and tap our feet!" — André Lavoie (film critic, Le Devoir)
"Writer-director Michael Dowse has a new hit. This is a redemptive study of celebrityhood. Paul Kaye, who plays Frankie Wilde, the club DJ who has to face musical oblivion, should be nominated for an Oscar® for his performance in Pete Tong. With this film Dowse becomes the hot new talent in English-Canadian cinema." — George Melnyk (author, '100 Years Of Canadian Cinema')
"Michael Dowse (FUBAR) has a knack for mixing the comic and tragic that is almost unequalled in this country. IT'S ALL GONE PETE TONG (Cockney for "a situation gone wrong") begins as a comedy about a British rave DJ (Paul Kaye) who has spun himself to wealth, fame and all the wild living he can handle. It turns into a deeply affecting study of adversity when the DJ goes deaf." — Peter Howell (film critic, The Toronto Star)