Got the Ha­cienda hair? This is the job for you


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By EMILY HEWARD

A CAST­ING agency is look­ing for ‘groovers and moovers’ to play Ha­cienda club­bers in an up­com­ing film about Manch­ester’s 90s mu­sic scene.

Hun­dreds of ex­tras aged 18 to 30 are being sought to recre­ate crowd scenes at the leg­endary club which was at the cen­tre of the city’s acid-house scene.

Ap­pli­cants, par­tic­u­larly men, will need ‘hair that is sty­lable/cut­table to that era,’ an ad­vert posted by Manch­ester-based agency Mint says. Ac­tors in­ter­ested in the paid roles will need to send in clear pho­tos show­ing them from the front, back and side pro­file.

“Maybe wear some­thing of that era – if un­sure put on a plain T-shirt and baggy jeans,” the ad­vert ad­vises.

Film­ing will take place in Greater Manch­ester be­tween Jan 29 and Feb 21, al­though ex­act dates have yet to be con­firmed and ac­tors must be pre­pared to at­tend at a few days’ no­tice.

It has not been re­vealed what the film is, but a biopic of Happy Mon­days front­man Shaun Ry­der is in the works.

Twist­ing My Melon, based on his mem­oir, is di­rected by for­mer Ci­tyLife nightlife ed­i­tor Matt Green­halgh and stars Jack O’Con­nell as Ry­der.

The band be­came a piv­otal part of the Ha­cienda scene af­ter sign­ing to co-founder Tony Wil­son’s Fac­tory Records la­bel, as doc­u­mented in the 2002 film 24-Hour Party Peo­ple.

The night­club was at the epi­cen­tre of the Mad­ch­ester scene in the ‘80s and early ‘90s and fu­elled the rise of acid house mu­sic and rave cul­ture.

Bankrolled by Fac­tory Records and New Or­der, it opened in­side a for­mer yacht builder’s ware­house at 11-13 Whit­worth Street West on May 21, 1982.

Over the years, it hosted per­for­mances by ev­ery­one from The Smiths to a then rel­a­tively un­known Madonna in what was her first UK per­for­mance.

But it was not un­til 1986 that it re­ally took off as events like DJ Mike Pick­er­ing’s leg­endary house night Nude filled the dance­floors and had club­bers queu­ing around the block.

De­spite its pop­u­lar­ity, the venue haem­or­rhaged money, with pun­ters spend­ing their money any­where but at the bar.

If in­ter­ested in extra work, email your name, age, phone num­ber and pics to pe­ri­od­[email protected]­cast­

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