It's All Gone Pete Tong

Release April 15, 2005 (Limited)
Cast Paul Kaye, Beatriz Batarda, Kate Magowan, Mike Wilmot, Neil Maskell, Monica Maja, Ron Lloy Hugh Elliston, Dan Antopoloski, Tim Plester
Director Michael Dowse
Writer Michael Dowse
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio Matson Films / Odeon Films
Length 90 mins.


It's All Gone Pete Tong (a commonly-used Cockney expression for "it's all gone wrong") begins as an irreverent look at the life of a world-famous dance party DJ – with the requisite wild parties, excesses, and pitfalls that accompany fame and power. The story then takes an unexpected turn, and ends up a redemptive study of a music pioneer who, against fate, finds a whole new rhythm for his life.

At the height of his career, DJ Frankie Wilde, played by British comedian Paul Kaye (BBC's Dennis Pennis and Two Thousand Acres of Sky), suffers the ultimate occupational hazard: he goes completely deaf. Frankie loses his wife, record deal, and – most tragically – his music, finally isolating himself in his villa under a pile of self-pity and a mountain of drugs.

But Frankie meets the enchanting Penelope (Beatriz Batarda), who opens him up to a whole new world and reconnects Frankie with the almighty beat that had defined him. Frankie's return to the top of the scene and his eventual disappearance is the stuff of legends.

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