Svengali
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This film tells the story of Dixie, a postman from South Wales, and a music fanatic. All his life he's dreamed of discovering a great band and then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds them... 'The Premature Congratulations'. He hunts them down and offers them his management services. They are young, arrogant, sexy and utterly magnificent. Putting their demo on a cassette tape, Dixie heads out onto the streets of London... Innocent, wide-eyed Dixie embarks on a roller coaster ride through the most 'infamous' industry of them all. His partner and his sanity through it… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Writer-producer-star Jonny Owen's amiable central turn just about gets the movie through myriad sticky patches."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Hard to dislike entirely, but that initial pep wears off - and it's sad that any project should now be wasting Vicky McClure in the tagalong girlfriend role."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"Likeable casting can't quite salvage director John Hardwick's threadbare British pop comedy, under-developed from a web series."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"It is refreshing to watch a film that draws together characters from across the British Isles in a way that is not only watchable, but reasonably well put together too."
‑ David Sztypuljak, HeyUGuys
"Svengali ought to be sharper, but this good-natured, clunky labour of love feels about as fresh as a 2002 copy of the NME."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Observer [UK]
"Paper-thin music industry satire which is (almost) saved by the sweet chemistry between leads Jonny Owen and Vicky McClure."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"Its writer/star has the charm and warmth to keep this muso fairy tale on the tracks and there are entertaining spot-the-rocker cameos galore."
‑ Olly Richards, Empire Magazine
"There's enough charming energy in this loose London music scene comedy to keep us entertained, but the plot drives us round the bend by refusing to go anywhere."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"I could only detect one joke in his amateurish comedy and it's not a particularly funny one."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"Suffers from ... datedness, its industry caricatures and underdog narrative ripe with clichés."
‑ Chris Buckle, The Skinny
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