Sunday 22 October 2017

Keith Allen in chart hoax film

Keith Allen is to star in a new movie called Vinyl
Keith Allen is to star in a new movie called Vinyl

Keith Allen and Phil Daniels are to head the cast in a movie based on an infamous chart hoax which saw Alarm frontman Mike Peters score a hit with a spoof band.

Peters put together a fictitious act in 2004 as a front for his own single to highlight what he saw as ageism in the music business.

Now the story is being adapted for the screen by director Sara Sugarman, who began filming the tale - to be called Vinyl - this month.

Welsh musician Peters scored a number of hits in the early 1980s with The Alarm including 68 Guns and Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke?, although they had originally formed at the height of punk in 1977. But as he struggled to gain airplay and interest in his later work, he came up with a plan to assemble The Poppy Fields, a group of teens who lip-synched to the track 45 RPM and starred in the video.

Peters came clean after the track made the top 30.

Now Quadrophenia and EastEnders star Phil and Keith, father of pregnant singer Lily, will play ageing punks in the film version. They cook up the plot after meeting a former bandmate, played by Perry Benson, at a funeral.

Sugarman, whose other films include Mad Cows and Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen, has also written the script. She was a childhood friend of Peters, having grown up in the same North Wales town of Rhyl, where filming is located.

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