A fresh look at the football hooligan culture in the '70s

Set in ’70s Liverpool, Pat Holden’s film tells of a bored teenager (Nicky Bell) who, having befriended the charismatic Elvis (Liam Boyle) at an Echo & The Bunnymen gig, falls in with his pack of football ‘casuals’.

Cue much Stanley knife-related mayhem, homoerotic tension and some Trainspotting-style heroin taking to the strains of such post-punk icons as Magazine, The Cure and Joy Division.

Alas, being based on Kevin Sampson’s 10-year-old cult novel doesn’t stop this being a pale facsimile of Shane Meadows’ masterly This Is England, a likeness that’s only heightened by the presence of Stephen Graham as gang leader John.

To its credit, Awaydays does not glamorise its hooligans the way The Football Factory and Green Street did. Even so, given its fascination with their Adidas trainers, green cagoules, drainpipe jeans and wedge haircuts, it does come perilously close to fetishising them.

Neil Smith

Film Details

User Reviews

    • penguinlover

      Jan 10th 2010, 9:20


      While the Total review reads well, it misses the point that if you take Awaydays for what it's supposed to be, it is good to watch, and on second viewing it is brilliant. The only real flaw is the main character needed a bit of beefing up - but apart from that, it perfectly captures the atmos and mood of the time and place, which is exactly what it set out to do. Incidentally, if you found this film even remotely entertaining, then another film from a Sampson book, 'The Crew', is the best Brit gangster flick since Layer Cake - I'd give it 6 stars if only it was featured on this site!

      Alert a moderator

    • aigreen

      Dec 1st 2010, 2:37


      In concluding Mbt Lami Shoes, the MBT shoe is a matter of the consumer weighing MBT Shuguli Shoes the pro’s and cons of the shoe. The positives of the shoe are based on its design and the type of benefits the wearer will receive from the shoe itself MBT Shuguli Shoes. The shoe allows for increased circulation, proper posture and the development of muscles. This is an added benefit for people interested in buying the MBT shoe. The shoe has its cons mainly the price and the issue of no proper research to verify the claims from the company MBT Sapatu Sandals. For what its worth the MBT shoe offers something different on the exercise shoe market and the decision to get one is based more on the consumer weighing the pro’s and cons MBT Nama Shoes.

      Alert a moderator

    • Sheeelashela

      Feb 18th 2011, 8:33


      I am happy to find so many useful information here in the post, we need develop more strategies in this regard, thanks for sharing. good morning quotes

      Alert a moderator

    • Fisherman011

      Feb 21st 2011, 15:24


      I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and have my children check up here often. I am quite sure they will learn lots of new stuff here than anybody else! Loan Modification

      Alert a moderator

Most Popular