Film: Elaine Constantine to Release ‘Northern Soul’


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The Northern Soul scene of Britain holds a very special place dear to Giant Step’s roots and continues to resonate deeply. Above, you’ll find a classic Northern Soul dance tune, “Landslide” by Tony Clarke.

Photographer Elaine Constantine is understandably also enamored by this movement, claimimg her life was changed after she was first exposed to northern soul.

As such, the photographer has embarked on her first film, simply titled, Northern Soul. A bit on the film:

“…it recreates the atmosphere of soul clubs where rare records were spun, and dancers scattered talc to make moves easier. A huge underground scene, with strongholds in unfashionable northern towns like Stoke, Stafford, Blackpool and (most famously) Wigan, it developed its own codes, its own mythology.”

The Guardian details Constantine’s journey and her process so far with creating a work that is sure to go down in history. Hang tight – shooting begins in January 2012.

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Film about Northern Soul in the UK: Souled Out Trailer

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With the influx of blue-eyed soul coming out of the UK in the past decade (from Winehouse to Duffy to our lady Alice Russell), one has to question where these deep, obviously soul-influenced voices came from. Hint: watch this video to see what their parents were doing in the mid-seventies. This is a trailer for the soon-to-be-released movie, Souled Out (aka Soulboy), and it’s about UK’s Northern Soul scene and the famous Wigan Casino dance club. After the jump, check out a vintage video of the real thing: dancing at the Wigan Casino crica 1975.

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