Awaydays: How we made the best soundtrack in football film history – with no money

Awaydays film

When Dave Hughes and I made our 2009 film Awaydays, we had a budget so meagre we couldn’t even appoint Messrs. Greggs & Co. to do the catering. Nevertheless, we were determined to acquire the ‘right’ tracks to underscore the film; if we couldn’t persuade the bands and copyright holders with filthy lolly, we’d do it with charm, persistence, flattery and, if that didn’t work, emotional blackmail. Neither of us was above standing there with lip quivering, eyes moist with tears as we cried: 

“But... I love that track! I love you...” 

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