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The Alcohol Years by Carol Morley
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The Alcohol Years, image courtesy of Carol Morley

Carol Morley’s highly acclaimed documentary The Alcohol Years is a courageous, moving and often funny account of five self-destructive years of her life in early 1980s Manchester. It’s a poetic retrieval in which Carol’s rediscovered friends and acquaintances recount tales of her drunken and promiscuous behaviour. Carol’s search for her lost self and the conflicting memories and viewpoints of those around her weave in and out, revealing a poignant portrait of the city, its pop culture, the people who lived it and of a young woman who found herself at the centre of a defining moment in Manchester’s cultural history.

Check out APEngine’s interview with Carol for more of an insight into the woman herself.

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Credits
Director: Carol Morley
Producer: Cairo Cannon
Music: Russel Churney and Vini Reilly
Editing: Magie Choyce
Cinematography: Peter Bathurst
Starring: Dave Haslam, Pete Shelley, The Durutti column, Tony Wilson, Vini Reilly

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  1. Betsy Stringer says:

    I read the article twice in the Observer. It certainly captures your sole.
    What I wanted to know is what happened to her after she left her job at the accountants and ended up in that bedsit. She was in a refuge, who was the man who put her there? Whom were the presents for, she was wrapping up? she had seemingly lost touch with her siblings, probable by choice! Had she worked since leaving the accountants?
    Does the film answer the above questions?

  2. carol morley says:

    Hi Betsy,

    Thank you for reading the article so attentively. The film does answer the above questions, I didn’t want to spoil the film by telling all in the article. It answers things and also leaves things open too. I hope that you can get to see it. Do check out our screening dates-

    http://dreamsofalife.com/screenings

    Let me know what you think!

    All the best,
    Carol

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