Based on the story of Mike Peters’ true rock and roll hoax of 2004, VINYL tells how a group of washed-up rockers hoodwinked top record labels, radio DJs, and the entire rock music world by releasing a pop punk single under a fictitious teenage band's name...now they just need to teach this rowdy bunch of kids what true punk spirit is all about!
In Sara Sugarman’s VINYL, much-loved British icons Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia) and Keith Allen (Trainspotting) return to the big screen, supported by a sensational young cast, with charismatic newcomer Jamie Blackley (Snow White and the Huntsman, London Boulevard) delivering a standout performance that’s sure to mark him out as one to watch in 2013.
After a booze-fuelled jam session, Johnny Jones (Phil Daniels) and his old band-mates from the once revered The Weapons of Happiness come up with a great new pop punk single. The problem is that no one is interested in re-signing a bunch of ageing rock stars. But Johnny's not one to quit easily. And he has a plan – a hoax that will reveal the sham that the music industry has become.
Johnny and his band-mates assemble a talent-less bunch of teenagers to be the face of their new single. The Weapons of Happiness teach these young upstarts how to talk the talk and walk the walk before un-leashing them and their single upon the nation.
VINYL is produced by John H. Williams (the Shrek series, Puss In Boots, Seven Years In Tibet, Open Road).