Inspired: Phil Daniels as Johnny Jones and Jamie Blackley as Drainpipe in Vinyl
Mike Peters hoax movie Vinyl has been inspired by how he took revenge on the music industry after struggling to re-enter the business.
In 2004 the Alarm and now Big Country frontman struggled to gain attention from the mainstream media, who weren’t interested in “ageing rockers.” So he had Welsh outfit the Wayriders mime to his track 45RPM and called the band ‘The Poppy Fields.’ The result was UK chart success – leading to the inevitable discovery of the truth.
The hoax has inspired Vinyl, featuring Quadrophenia star Phil Daniels alongside Robin Hood actor Keith Allen. It also includes rising star Jamie Blackley.
When Johnny Jones (Daniels) and Minto (Allen) find themselves in the position Peters did, they use a young punk band fronted by Drainpipe (Blackley) to pursue their ambitions and fool the music industry.
Vinyl has already received positive reviews on the film festival circuit. It’s playing on September 27 and October 1 at the Piccadilly Apollo, London, as part of the 2012 Raindance Festival.
It will be distributed by Altive Films across the UK next year, with boss Craig Shurn predicting: “It has such breakout potential through great performances and being based on a true story. We believe it will really resonate with audiences.”
The film, which features Peters as himself, is produced by Sara Sugarman (Very Annie Mary, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen), John H Williams (the Shrek series and Seven Years In Tibet) and Clay Reed (Travelling Salesman), and was written by Sugarman and Jim Cooper.
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