Svengali (2013)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Writer-producer-star Jonny Owen's amiable central turn just about gets the movie through myriad sticky patches.

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Rich Cline

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.

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Andy Lea
Daily Star

I could only detect one joke in his amateurish comedy and it's not a particularly funny one.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

With shots of Tower Bridge etc, the mostly London-based story is as conventional as they come. [But} Owen is certainly a very funny screen presence.

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Mike McCahill

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.

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Kevin Harley
Total Film

Likeable casting can't quite salvage director John Hardwick's threadbare British pop comedy, under-developed from a web series.

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Jonathan Romney
Observer [UK]

Svengali ought to be sharper, but this good-natured, clunky labour of love feels about as fresh as a 2002 copy of the NME.

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Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies

Paper-thin music industry satire which is (almost) saved by the sweet chemistry between leads Jonny Owen and Vicky McClure.

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Olly Richards
Empire Magazine

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.

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