Got the Hacienda hair? This is the job for you
EXTRAS ARE WANTED FOR NEW FILM ABOUT THE MANCHESTER MUSIC SCENE IN THE ‘80S AND ‘90s
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.
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