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It's All Gone Pete Tong

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday 23 May, 2006


It's All Gone Pete Tong


Screening from June 8, 2006 at Rialto Cinemas Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Paramount Wellington.

Shot on location in Ibiza in a mockumentary style reminiscent of THIS IS SPINAL TAP, director Michael Dowse's, IT’S ALL GONE PETE TONG is a funny, touching tale of a DJ who loses his hearing. The title refers to a hugely popular DJ from the UK, who briefly features in the film, and also fulfils the role of executive producer. The saying It's All Gone Pete Tong derives from Cockney rhyming slang--a popular UK method for inventing phrases by finding unusual words that rhyme – it means "it's all gone wrong."

Frankie Wilde, portrayed by the incredibly funny Paul Kaye, is the hearing-impaired DJ who delights the clubbers on the island of Ibiza by coupling his larger-than-life drug and alcohol-fuelled persona with undeniable skills behind the turntables. But as Frankie's hearing rapidly disintegrates, and his former manager, wife, friends, and record label slowly fade away, the distraught DJ plunges into the depths of despair. After Frankie hits rock bottom – he steers into calmer waters, with the fallen star kicking the drugs, and concentrating on rehabilitation.

While the events unfold around the fictional character of Frankie, many real-life DJ’s appear in the film, giving it a comedic edge as luminaries such as Carl Cox, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyke, Lol Hammond, and others muse on Frankie's rise and fall in the cutthroat world of dance music. Paul Kaye's performance gives the film its heart and soul, infusing his character with a passionate likeability that shines through - even when Frankie's behaviour plummets to new lows.

The soundtrack was released in 2005 - the double album compiled by James Doman and Positiva's Ben Chernil, brings together the film's musical highlight tracks from such artists as Reflekt, Shapeshifter, Deep Dish, Doublefunk.

“Fresh, Wild, Beat-Driven and Intoxicating” Flamenco Buzz

“…combines the deadpan delivery of THE OFFICE with the meta-mockumentary approach of 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE”Chicago Tribune

“It’s easy to see how KAYE and the film won awards at the Comedy Arts Festival” The Boston Herald


RATING: R16 Drug use, sex scenes and offensive language


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