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Casuals: The Story of the Legendary Terrace Fashion

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6.61 h 12 min2011X-Ray13+
Some thirty years ago, a working-class subculture was taking grip of cities across the UK that has left a lasting legacy. Produced and researched by Cass Pennant, this film strips away the myth and will give you the real story of an often over-looked casual movement that birthed in cities like Liverpool, Manchester and London.
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Mick Kelly
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Peter HootonGarry BushellJonny Owen
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braygord jonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 September 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I hate football (with a vengeance!).
I dislike 'thug life'.
I have very little idea quite why I watched this, but I've got to say it was an interesting documentary, well made and nicely balanced, giving several viewpoints, mentioning violence but never really glorifying it.
So yeh, kudos to the producers et al. 4 starts all round! ;-)
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Danny MarbellaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 May 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
A great insight into the terrace fashion
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I have read that the film was originally conceived as a 25th anniversary follow-up to co-producer Ian 'Butch' Studdard's seminal Hooligan documentary which first aired on television in 1985. The idea of "Hooligan Revisited" was to focus less on the violent rivalry of the terraces but establish Casuals as the last working class male street fashion coming from the UK, following in the tradition of Mods,Skins, Suadeheads, Teddy Boys and Punks.
Casuals is a great documentary helped that the Production team had meticulously interviewed all the leading "faces" concerning the subject from East London Mods to Northern Soul Boys.
One of the most asked questions is exactly where did the Casuals movement have its roots? With no easy answer but this extraordinary and insightful film trys hard strip away the crap and tell the truth about a faction that mashed up the fashion industry to leave a lasting influence on the label-crazy youth of today & yesta- year.
Garry Bushell comments on his days as a journalist of Sound magazine, commenting on ginger Mikes Casual band the Accent's 15 minutes of fame when they played Stamford Bridge, that did bring back happy memories, and Peter Hooton lead singer of The Farm, who also produced The End fanzine (know in London as the voice of the "Scally") & is the film's narrator.
A bulls-eye of people where interviewed by the producers of which many are still passionate experts. The author of the fantastic pictorial book "A Casual Look" Nick Harvey sums it up best saying "It's not just about what you were wearing, but also how you wore it. Not just your clothes but your hair and even the 'manner in which you walked'. You had to have that 'attitude', saying like 'Here I am'." an attitude that is evident in every frame of this film as it tours the country meeting the key people for whom this was never simply a fad of fashion but a way of life even 30 years later.
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Online-InquirerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 December 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Casuals: The Real Story of the Legendary Terrace Fashion
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After the phenomenal success of independent publishing house Pennant Books with its stable of football fan culture, sporting legends and true crime titles regularly topping the best seller lists, the indomitable Cass Pennant has reinvented himself once again by forming Urban Edge Films which releases its debut feature length documentary Casuals this month with Pennant himself at the helm as writer and producer.

The film was originally conceived as a 25th anniversary follow-up to co-producer Ian 'Butch' Studdard's seminal Hooligan documentary which first aired on television in 1985 and charted the turbulent period of Pennant's life as a prominent leader of West Ham United's notorious Inter City Firm. The idea of "Hooligan Revisited" was to focus less on the violent rivalry of the terraces but emphasise the street fashion the gangs created that would ultimately unify them and seep out to a wider consciousness across the country as a whole; establishing Casuals as the last working class male street fashion coming from the UK, following in the tradition of Mods, Teddy Boys and Punks.

Pennant is no stranger to movies and has served as a consultant on many of the major motion pictures concerning both football violence and fan culture including the original version of The Firm and Green Street, along with the television series The Real Football Factories. In 2009 his vivid autobiography Cass was successfully transferred to the big screen so this transition to film production was almost inevitable.

It is obvious from the first moments of Casuals that this is going to be the definitive documentary and that Pennant and director Mick Kelly have meticulously interviewed all the leading authorities on the subject from Southern Mods to Northern Soul Boys. One of the enduring questions is exactly where did the Casuals movement have its roots? There is no easy answer but this extraordinary and insightful film strips away the myths and tells the truth about an indelible faction which revived the fashion industry to leave a lasting influence on today's label-crazy youth.

Mindful of the North/South divide both sides are equally represented with the likes of Garry Bushell recalling his days as a music journalist for Sounds magazine, commenting on the Casual band Accent's 15 minutes of fame when they played to the crowds at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground and Peter Hooton lead singer of Liverpudlian band The Farm, who also started the fanzine The End in the early 80s which was the first publication to regularly report on the Casual scene and has just been reissued by Sabotage Times in a single book volume; Hooton also voices the film's compelling narration.

With over 50 individual people interviewed the filmmakers had to make some cuts for time but luckily there is over an hour's worth of additional interviews that are included on the DVD as extras. Of the many passionate experts featured, author of the pictorial book A Casual Look and avid collector Nick Sarjeant probably sums it up best "It's not just about what you were wearing, but also how you wore it. Not just your clothes but your hair and even the 'manner in which you walked'. You had to have that 'attitude', saying like 'Here I am'." an attitude that is evident in every frame of this film as it tours the country meeting the key people for whom this was never simply a fad of fashion but a way of life.
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BernardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Back in time watch!
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An interesting dvd about football terrace fashion back in the 80's. Very informative watch.
Mr. W. D. BagnallReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 January 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
who the f**king hell are you ?
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Was the roar from the terraces, as smartley dressed lads walked near the oppostion fans !! the Casuals takes all down memory lane and just like Mods and skinheads, it was all about fashion. If you bought this FILM (or thinking of buying it)It won't dissapoint and finaly tells the real story about the "Casual" scene that has been re created in films like Risky Business,Football Factory and the new Firm. My son wears this gear and loved the DVD.
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RSilvesterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 January 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Casuals: A must watch
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As a 22 year old female, I was somewhat uneducated about the sub-culture branded `Casuals'. We seem to be overloaded with books and documentaries recording endless information and research available on the Teds, Mods, Rockers and Skinheads, leaving the casuals as "an untold story". I picked up this DVD after deciding to write my Degree dissertation on the casuals, one of Britain's underappreciated, under documented sub-cultures, one that some might say was the last to derive from nowhere. As a menswear fashion design student, I found a huge gap in the information obtainable that discussed the specifics of the clothing chosen and worn by young men, but then I found `CASUALS' a Cass Pennant production. From the references to Mod attitude `dressing to impress', one-upmanship, having something no-one else had, brought something new; the casuals. The mass amounts of interviews with names that pop up in multiple information sources such as Garry Bushell, Paolo Hewitt, Phil Thornton and Ian Hough to name just a few, come together to create a film that contains unparalleled yet truthful information. We are educated on the fashion, where it arrived from, the labels that were chosen, what made this `clobber' the chosen `clobber'. Worth a watch!
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Kev CoathReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must watch documentary
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This is a must watch for anyone who likes what it's all about no matter what age and sex you are, it was good to hear how it all started and how shop owners who featured in it started up, also good to hear peoples stories who was involved in the scene at the start of the who era. Its got a lot of classic iconic clothing on show as well. Like Cass other projects his books, his film and his help on TV shows all to do with this scene he never failed to disappoint
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Shifty 82 Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 October 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Keep it casual ! Great memories and a great watch
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A really interesting review on the casual scene and it’s links to football . If you’re into clothes and football this is for you . Great watch 👍
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