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Northern Soul

Synopsis

Northern soul tells the story of Mark Sherbet. A lonely young man who is obsessed with American wrestling. His dream is to become a professional wrestler and compete against his hero’s in the WWE. There’s only one problem, he weighs nine stone and has the pain threshold of a two year old child.

We begin our story with Mark in his tiny bedsit. His room is a shrine to the WWE. Stone Cold Steve Austin Bedspread and Curtains. ‘The Rock’ Wallpaper and Hollywood Hulk Hogan dinner service for one. The shelves display over 300 wrestling figures, ostentatious replica belts and many other items of WWE paraphernalia collected over the last 20 years.

From the solitude of his bedsit he talks of his ambition to become WWE champion. Everything has been planned down to the finest detail.
His wrestling name - “The Purple Salamander”
His special wrestling moves - “The Checkerboard and How d’ya like them apples”.

Estimated time until champion - “One year”.

We chart the highs and lows of Mark’s journey around the wrestling halls of Great Britain, as he tries to launch the career of ‘The Purple Salamander.” Although he is ridiculed and suffers many physical injuries, his endless sense of hope, and undying enthusiasm for the sport is hugely endearing.

Although the world of wrestling may never know his name, Mark ‘Salamander’ Sherbet deserves his chance to fail. This film is dedicated to all of those who chase implausible dreams.

Details

Year
2005
Type of film
Shorts
Running Time
26 mins
Format
Beta SP
Director
Shane Meadows
Producer
Louise Meadows
Editor
Shane Meadows
Screenwriter
Shane Meadows, Toby Kebbell
Director of Photography
Shane Meadows
Sound
Dean Rogers
Music
Clayhill
Principal Cast
Toby Kebbell, Jo Hartley, David Browne, Greg Killmarsh, Jordon Dodd

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