Alice Burns

New in Film: Modern Life Is Rubbish

Stuck for ideas after all the Bank Holiday madness? We’ve got your week covered. If you buy one cinema ticket before Wednesday 9th May, you’ll be entered into a draw for the chance to win 5 MORE FREE TICKETS for all your friends for Thursday 10th May’s 6pm screening. The perfect antidote for your post-Bank Holiday blues, get yourself down to the Fact Picture House and lose yourself in this Brit-pop inspired 90’s rom-dram.

Josh Whitehouse and Freya Mavor (Image credit of Dom Norris)


Out this week at the Fact Picture House (on Wood Street- just off Bold Street behind Love Thy Neighbour) Modern Life Is Rubbish tells the story of young music lovers, Liam (played by Poldark’s Josh Whitehouse) and Natalie (Skins’ Freya Mavor) who’s chance meeting in an appropriately indie record shop ten years before had sent all the usual sparks flying.


However, Natalie was forced to let go of her dreams of designing album covers in order to pay the bills when the couple moved in together. Instead she becomes one of the rising talents at her advertising firm, building her career in the city. Meanwhile, struggling musician Liam- still without any job- insists his band will be breaking onto the music scene any day now… Amid the chaos of music festivals, gigs and everyday life, the differences begin to take their tole on the young couple.

Originally a play written by Phillip Gawthorne, the film explores the London music scene of the early noughties, the film itself being named after supergroup Blur’s iconic 1993 album. Directed by Daniel Jerome Gill, the storyline follows the classic case of opposites attracting- but do they work in the long-run? That’s the realisation the pair reach after ten years together before eventually making the difficult decision to split and go their separate ways- which also means splitting their prized music collection which brought them together in the first place.

Featuring an impressive soundtrack with iconic songs from a whole host of British bands, including The Libertines, Stereophonics and The Vaccines as well as Joy Division, The Kooks and the 1975. This film offers a suitably warm hit of Brit charm imbued with the youthful cynicism of Liam’s creative genius combined with his customary distain for 21st Century consumerism.


Gill’s light-hearted debut feature offers an eclectic indie-meets-pop-culture mashup with a sharp edge of 90s nostalgia in this bittersweet snapshot of love and music which shapes our modern world. After all: If music be the food of love, play on.


Don’t forget to buy your ticket before Wednesday 9th May to be in with the chance of winning 5 more FREE tickets! You can also WIN the Headcleaner album cover designs in a portfolio folder, signed by Freya Mavor that her character Natalie designs in the movie! Also up for grabs is a Modern Life Is Rubbish Quad Poster – signed by Freya Mavor, Josh Whitehouse, Will Merrick and director Daniel Jerome Gill!

Book your ticket now at FACT or call the box-office on 0871 902 5747 to be in with a chance to WIN!

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