Kicking Off

Directed by: Matt Wilde
85 minutes
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 4
Wed 30th Sep 19:30
Premiere Screening

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VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 4
Sat 3rd Oct 17:30
2nd Screening

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‘Kicking Off’ starts with the most important game of the season. Loyal fans Wigsy and Cliff watch in trepidation as their football team score the goal that will save them from relegation. Victory is bliss as a chorus of supporters chant and cry with elation. However, this frenzy of happiness quickly turns ugly as the referee disallows the deciding goal. With their hearts and fists pumping, adrenalin running and fury racing through their bloodstream, the fans take matters into their own hands and Cliff makes the fatal mistake of planning while pissed. Wigsy, a confirmed idiot, follows through with the said plan and in the darkest hours of the night he commits a crime that will cause chaos and catastrophe for him and his best mate Cliff. ‘Kicking Off’ is cleverly filmed with spit screen shots and slow motion montages. It closely resembles the stylistic features of British cinema classics such as ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ with its insistence in breaking the fourth wall fast-paced panning cuts. The characters are lovable thugs who will leave you laughing and grimacing at their lack of common sense. An after party for the ages The Raindance Film Festival ShortList Gala after party follows the world premiere screening of 'Kicking Off' – a British cult classic in the making, having been compared to 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’. The evening will include a live special guest performance from Lois & The Love. Behind their disarmingly slick exterior, Lois & The Love devote themselves to a unique crossbreed of synth-shot grunge and razor sharp pop. The London four-piece pack the seditious punch of Atari Teenage Riot, then cradle your bleeding ears with the innate pop sensibility of Florence and The Machine. Their indelible, infectious tunes float nonchalantly over a rhythm section pumping solid, synth-stained grooves, à la early Yeah Yeah Yeahs or The Gossip. Adding to the US associations, singer and lyricist Lois Winstone is front-centre, captivating attention with something like the stature of Debbie Harry in Blondie. In method and style however, the North Londoners echo the eccentric, irreverent pop heritage of the UK.
85 min
Matt Wilde
Robert Farquhar
Andy Thompson
Tom George
Luke Bryant
Luke Bryant
Greg McHugh
Warren Brown
Alistair Petrie
Screening Status
World Premiere