"Free Rock n' Roll"

Vinyl is based on the hoax perpetrated by Mike Peters in 2004 which saw his band The Alarm - who after being turned away by the music industry decide to get a group of fresh faced youngsters together to pull off the ultimate payback, by having the willing teens pose as a band with a hot new track that took the charts by storm. In Sara Sugarman's version of events instead we follow Johnny Jones (Phil Daniels) and his band Weapons of Happiness, who hand over to 'The Single Shots' to take hold of their catchy punk track 'Free Rock and Roll'.

The film, on the whole, is flawless, and proves to be a real testament to writer and director Sara Sugarman's fondness of the source material, having been personally involved with the band of which this is based upon, and living at a time when the punk rock scene was at its peak. If you want authenticity, getting someone who was actually there to provide the insight is more than helpful - a sentiment enhanced thanks to the casting of Daniels and Keith Allen - both with musical backgrounds of their own.

The cast of British talent, headed up by Daniels, Allen and Perry Benson are all brilliant, capturing the essence of the era and showing us that you don't have to be in your teens or early 20's to know how to rock out. The conflict between Johnny Jones and Allen's Minto is extremely believable, the musical differences and internal fighting between band members that we hear so much about is played out effortlessly. There is a lighter side to the film too, which is a great balancing contrast to the numerous occasions of back and forth between Jones and Minto, which sees them come to blows.

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this feature, and it manages to play upon my very own nostalgia of having grown up with bands and attending various gigs. It just goes to show that it isn't just a young man or woman's game. Punk Rock is what is on the inside, not out.