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Giles Borg (2008)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Most movies about music and musicians fall prey to a grand but predictable formula - rags, riches, then back to rags. Luckily, like the Hackney garage band whose fortunes it follows, this charming low-budget British drama offers a much more modest alternative. Though it's clear from his nerdy demeanour that he's never likely to trouble the big time, Stevie (Ian Bonar) has dreams of quitting his despised day job and making a go of things as a singer/guitarist. After meeting the more experienced Billy (Kieran Bew), he finds himself one step closer to achieving his goals. An unexpected romance, however, forces Stevie to choose between success and happiness, and, though it makes some wonderful observations about the world of amateur rock, this is where director Giles Borg's feature debut works best. Peopled with likeable, offbeat characters and suffused with a light, dry sense of humour, it's a bittersweet, lo-fi romance for the indie scene that's more Gregory's Girl than The Commitments.


Two aspiring musicians dream of quitting their call centre jobs and breaking into the indie scene. They welcome a new guitarist and bassist into their set-up and find the direction of their sound changing in a way they could not have imagined. Drama, starring Ian Bonar, Lyndsey Marshal, Kieran Bew, Mathew Baynton and Giles Maythan.

Cast & Crew

Stevie Ian Bonar
Emily Lyndsey Marshal
Billy Kieran Bew
Neil Mathew Baynton
Richard Giles Maythan
Tony Luke Rutherford
Mark Matthew Sim
Friar Ben Stratford
Anna Jennifer Aries
Gallery owner Brendan Hughes
Director Giles Borg
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Soda Pictures Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 5 Mar 2010


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