This BBC documentary follows a teenager obsessed with Northern Soul

The film reveals how Anthony Flavin's passion for the genre has helped him overcome hardships


Words by: Felicity Martin

A new BBC documentary, Soul Boy, follows a Nottingham-based Northern Soul obsessive who has been in the care system since the age of six.

Northern Soul music is a way of life to 17-year-old Anthony Flavin. His obsession with the ’70s and love of the dancefloor has helped him overcome various hardships throughout his life, and Soul Boy finds him in the run-up to turning 18, his independence and living his dream of becoming a DJ.

In the documentary, Flavin’s key worker Luke Greenhill explains how the music and community spirit around Northern Soul has transformed him and built up his confidence.

“When I’m on the dancefloor and Northern Soul music is playing I feel like this is where I lie, this is like your home,” Flavin says in the documentary.

It’s been developed and directed by Toby Curson and Luke Radford – responsible for the video for Snowy and Jason Williamson’s ‘EFFED’ which came out last year via our DMY Recordings label.

Soul Boy will be broadcast on BBC One tonight (May 27th) at 7:30pm BST.

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