It’s All Gone Pete Tong
Written and directed by Michael Dowse, this 2005 British Comedy Drama never misses a beat. Paul Kaye seems ideal for the role of Frankie Wilde and he portrays the story of the ailing DJ legend with sensitivity and great comic timing. To cut a long story short, Frankie Wilde was one of the best DJs alive but a problem with his hearing forces him to stop and drives him into the depths of a deep depression. After a year of locking himself away he finally emerges with a fresh attitude towards his affliction and flats for rent london. He eventually accepts his deafness and learns to function in a world without sound. Can Frankie ever make it back to the decks? Will his latest single be worth hearing? Can he ever get back his opulent life, and would he even want to if he could?
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and would recommend it to anyone, particularly anyone who has been involved with the Ibiza club scene and knows about the dog-eat-dog world of being a club DJ.
Don’t take my word for it, below are a few independent reviews randomly selected from the giant hat that we call the internet, also a link to the trailer http://www.itsallgonepetetong.com
“I was fortunate enough to score a ticket to the 9:45 AM screening of this film at the Toronto Film Festival. It's not usual that I'll be anywhere at eight AM, let alone standing in line, but as a fan of FUBAR, I simply had to see this movie. I'm not going to give anything away, nor will I waste space with a synopsis, but I will tell you that this is one of the best films I have ever seen. Paul Kaye does a remarkable job capturing both the humorous and painful essence of Frankie Wilde, a God-like worshiped DJ hammered with immense fame, beautiful girls, endless drugs and the physical toll of his role in the music scene. I'd never seen Paul in a film before, but after this I'm sure he'll be everywhere and I think that's awesome because his performance was Oscar worthy. Alongside Paul, is Mike Wilmot playing the part of Max Hagard and after his hilarious performance I cannot imagine anyone else in the part. Wilmot nailed it with grace, for he would spit out his lines with such conviction and meticulous comic-timing that he often caused gut-wrenching laughs and applause from the theater crowd.
Actors aside, it's the brain of Michael Dowse that we have to thank for such a film. Shot on a Sony 300 (I think) it has a crisp vivid look that sucks you in from the first frame. For the record, I hate house music, but I found myself so engrossed in the film that my head was bobbing to the beat. I didn't know what to expect after FUBAR, well okay "funny" was what I prepared myself for and it came in waves of hilarity. But it was the charming story, stellar performances and clever dialogue that make this picture stand way above the crowd. Seeing "It's All Gone Pete Tong" was a total cinematic sensory overload. At times I felt like someone was main-lining cocaine and scotch into my forearm while at others it was as if I was getting a warm hug from a loved one. FUBAR rocked and put Michael Dowse on the map but "It's All Gone Pete Tong" that can, should and will, take over the world. Without blinking I give this 10/10 and encourage you to check it out and see what the hell I'm raving about.”