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Slade in Flame

Slade in Flame charts the history of "Flame" a fictitious group in the late 1960s who are picked up by a marketing company and taken to the top, only to break up at their zenith.

The film begins with the future members of Flame playing in two rival bands, one with a singer named Jack Daniels (Alan Lake), and the other, The Undertakers, fronted by Stoker (Noddy Holder). Flame are formed from the two bands, with Charlie (Don Powell) joining on drums, making up the same line-up as the real-life Slade.

They are picked up by marketing man Robert Seymour (Tom Conti) and with the help of publicity stunts the band's fortunes improve, but their former agent Ron Harding (Johnny Shannon) stakes a claim to their earnings, and uses violence to try to get his way. The band members tire of the music business and the band breaks up.

Cast

Don Powell - Charlie

Jim Lea - Paul

Noddy Holder - Stoker

Dave Hill - Barry

Tom Conti - Robert Seymour

Alan Lake - Jack Daniels

Johnny Shannon - Ron Harding

Kenneth Colley - Tony Devlin

Anthony Allen - Russell

Sara Clee - Angie

Nina Thomas - Julie

Michael Coles - Roy Priest

Rosko - Himself

Tommy Vance - Ricky Storm

John Dicks - Lenny

Barrie Houghton - Ron

A.J. Brown - Chairman of the Board

Susan Tebbs - Judy Seymour

Patrick Connor - Harold (Charlie's Boss)

Anthony Roye - Sommers

Jimmy Gardner - Charlie's Dad

Sheila Raynor - Charlie's Mum


Rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Reginald Bosanquet - Himself - Newsreader (uncredited)

Peter Cellier - Salesman In Car Showroom (uncredited)

Bill Dean - Club Owner (uncredited)

Laurie Goode - Photographer (uncredited)

John Steele - Drummer - Wedding Reception (uncredited)

Irene Sutcliffe - Reporter (uncredited)

Nigel Terry - Assistant Disc Jockey (uncredited)

Rosetta Tropea - Dancer (uncredited)


Director  - Richard Loncraine

Writers -  Andrew Birkin (Screenplay),  Dave Humphries (Additional Dialogue)   

Producers - Chas Chandler (Executive Producer), Gavrik Losey  (Producer), John Steele (Executive Producer)

Music - Noddy Holder,  Jim Lea

Cinematography - Peter Hannan

Film Editing - Michael Bradsell

Casting - Irene Lamb

Art Direction - Brian Morris

Production Management - Garth Thomas  (Production Manager)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director - Roger Simons  (Assistant Director)

Art Department - Milly Burns  (Assistant Art Director), Bill Hearn (Carpenter), John Leuenberger (Property Master), Jeff Woodbridge  (Construction Manager)

Sound - Ian Fuller (Dubbing Editor), Tony Jackson (Sound Mixer), Alan O'Duffy (Recording Mixer), Stephen Ransley (Sound Boom), Bill Rowe (Dubbing Mixer)

Special Effects - Malcolm King

Camera and Electrical Department - Peter Bloor (Electrician), Roy Rodhouse (Gaffer), John Stanier (Camera Operator)

Editorial Department - Colin Berwick (Assistant Editor)

Music Department - Chas Chandler (Music Producer), Noddy Holder (Music Arranger) , Jim Lea (Music Arranger)

Other crew - Zelda Barron (Continuity), Clinton Cavers (Production Assistant), Sally Shewring (Production Assistant), Marc Wolff (Helicopter Pilot)


Release Date  (UK) - 13th February 1975

Released on VHS -

Released on DVD (re-mastered in original Cinemascope format) - 2007

Running time - 91 minutes


Clip showing Flame arriving at Shivering Sands Fort and being interviewed in the (reconstructed) studio

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Offshore Radio Connection

The story line takes Flame to visit (re-created) Radio City, based on Shivering Sands Fort in the Thames Estuary.

Former offshore radio DJs Rosko (Caroline South) and Tommy Vance (Caroline South and Radio London) also appear in the film.

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