Svengali (2013 film)

Directed by John Hardwick
Produced by Martin Root
Jonny Owen
Written by Jonny Owen
Starring Martin Freeman
Vicky McClure
Matt Berry
Michael Socha
Michael Smiley
Natasha O'Keeffe
Jonny Owen
Music by Tristin Norwell
Edited by Anthony 'Pants' Boys
Kant Pan
Root Films
Release dates
  • 21 June 2013 (2013-06-21) (Edinburgh International Film Festival)
  • 21 March 2014 (2014-03-21) (United Kingdom)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Svengali is a 2013 British film from Root Films, directed by John Hardwick and written by Jonny Owen. The film stars Martin Freeman,[1] Vicky McClure, Matt Berry, Michael Socha, Michael Smiley and Natasha O'Keeffe.


Svengali tells the story of Dixie (Jonny Owen), 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 all is his soulmate Michelle (Vicky McClure). Every day is a battle for Dixie, totally broke and working for nothing to get his beloved band gigs, their egos grow with their stardom. The more successful The Prems get, the greater the chances are of Dixie losing them. He has to decide what are his real priorities in life... his love of music or his love for Michelle.

Edinburgh Film Festival

Svengali has been selected to show at the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival. It has also been nominated for the Michael Powell Award;[2][3] a prize which honours the best British feature film.[4][5]



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