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The Pebble and the Boy – Now out in selected cinemas nationwide

By Dr Ricky Ghosh Dastidar

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The Pebble and the Boy is a delightful new coming-of-age road-movie inspired by Mod-culture and is in selected cinemas nationwide from the end of August. The film was written and directed by Chris Green and stars Patrick McNamee, Sacha Parkinson, Max Boast, Patsy Kensit and Ricci Harnett.

The film follows the story of a teenage boy, a Lambretta scooter and his symbolic journey to scatter his late father’s ashes all the way from Manchester to Brighton; The spiritual home of the Mods. It comes complete with an exciting soundtrack and a range of quirky characters to keep you entertained all the way through to the final scenes.

I spoke to the Pebble and the Boy’s writer and director, Chris Green about this fun new feature-film.

What inspired you to make a film about Mod-culture?

It was around late 1979 when I first heard ‘Going underground’ by The Jam. That was the first time I discovered mod-culture and I still remember thinking how cool and well-dressed Paul Weller was. I soon bought a parka jacket and a few months later, we were off to see The Jam – live in concert!image3

Are there elements of your own life within the film?

Similar to the central character John in the film, I was 15 when my dad died. I was an angry young man afterwards. My dad was a truck driver and he took me all over the north of England. I remember feeling very lost after he passed away.

How did you secure funding for the film?

Securing funding was really difficult. We had support from many different sources and it was a massive team effort. I actually organised a crowd-funder and it was mainly funded by fans of Paul Weller, who were keen to see an original film about Mod-culture for themselves.

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How involved was Paul Weller in the making of the film?

He was very supportive from the start and allowed us to use 4 of his songs for the soundtrack. There are two songs by The Style Council, one by The Jam and the title track ‘The Pebble and the Boy’ is taken from the final track on his eighth solo album, As Is Now.

And has he seen it?

Yes, he’s seen the film and really likes it.image1

What were your personal highlights of making the film?

Filming in Brighton in the glorious sunshine.

We filmed there on two occasions and everyone was very supportive.

I also enjoyed filming the scenes with all the scooterists and it was great to see so many of them come down on their Lambrettas.

There are some great cameo performances in the film. Tell us how Patsy Kensit and the musician Mani (Primal Scream, The Stone Roses) got involved?

I’ve admired Patsy Kensit ever since I saw her in Absolute Beginners. She is loads of fun and everyone on-set loved her.

As for Mani, I first met him in a Mod clothing store 10 years ago. He said to me ‘if you ever manage to get the film off the ground, I’d love to be in it’. So it was perfect to have him be a part of it.image0

What are your personal expectations for the film?

Well, I didn’t set out to make Quadrophenia – Part 2 and I don’t want people going into cinemas expecting a £10 million film. But what I will say is that it’s got a lot of heart, some great music and plenty of fun characters who I hope audiences will enjoy.

What are your personal expectations for the film?

Well, I didn’t set out to make Quadrophenia – Part 2 and I don’t want people going into cinemas expecting a £10 million film. But what I will say is that it’s got a lot of heart, some great music and plenty of fun characters who I hope audiences will enjoy.

2 Responses

  1. Having been involved in the mod revival in 1979 I can’t wait to see this film! I drove Patsy Kensit in my cab once. Seemed nice, if a bit scatty.

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