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The Alcohol Years in April

Film First have announced the UK DVD release of The Alcohol Years for 4th April 2005 priced at £12.99. Winner of the City of Melbourne Award for Best Short Documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival (in 2000), Carol Morley's highly acclaimed documentary The Alcohol Years is a courageous, moving and often funny account of five self-destructive years of her life in early 1980s Manchester.

Soon to be released on DVD for the first time, courtesy of new label Film First, the release also includes two of the director's short films, Everyday Something and Stalin my Neighbour.

Almost 20 years after leaving it behind, Carol Morley returned to Manchester, where she had spent several years lost in an alcoholic haze at the centre of the city's burgeoning musical and cultural scene. From booze-fuelled nights at the city's legendary Hacienda club to inebriated revelries at New Order's expense, The Alcohol Years is a poetic retrieval of that time, in which Carol's rediscovered friends and acquaintances recount tales of her drunken and promiscuous behaviour.

Carol Morley's search for her lost self and the conflicting memories and viewpoints of those around her weave in and out, revealing a poignant portrait of the city, its pop culture, the people who lived it and of a young woman who found herself at the centre of a defining moment in Manchester's cultural history. Among those contributing to Carol's story are many of the most notable and significant figures from the era, including broadcaster, record company executive and entrepreneur Tony Wilson, author and DJ Dave Haslam, Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley, Vini Reilly of The Durutti Column, musician, journalist and TV presenter Dick Witts, Jesus and Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart, and Nico's former manager Alan Wise.

The Alcohol Years features music by New Order, The Durutti Column, Pete Shelley, Vini Reilly, ToT, Stella Grundy and Fall drummer, Spencer Birtwistle.

Based on Carol Morley's collection of newspaper cuttings and narrated by the late John Peel, Everyday Something presents private moments that give strange glimpses into everyday life.

In Stalin my Neighbour, Alicya Eyo stars as Annie, a young girl living in East London who, in trying to forget her own past, becomes ever more obsessed with local history.

Features on the DVD include director’s commentary on The Alcohol Years.


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