The Narrative Nightclub

  • Matthew Cheeseman
  • David Forrest
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music book series (PSHSPM)


This chapter brings together expertise in film and cultural studies to analyse representations of nightclub dancefloors in British cinema. Our focus is on club culture films: Human Traffic (Justin Kerrigan, 1999), Sorted (Alexander Jovy, 2000), Soul Boy (Shimmy Marcus, 2010), Everywhere and Nowhere (Menhaj Huda, 2011), Northern Soul (Elaine Constantine, 2014) and Eden (Mia Hansen-Løve, 2015), a contrasting example from France. We propose that British film tends to use the dancefloor as a narrative device that occludes or disturbs notions of youth culture, turning it into a problem to be solved. We perform our analysis by linking academic writing on dance music and nightclub cultures with textual interpretation of the films. In doing so the chapter captures a sense of the wider discourse surrounding nightclubs and especially the dancefloors that often form their focus, on- and off-screen.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew Cheeseman
    • 1
  • David Forrest
    • 2
  1. 1.University of DerbyDerbyUK
  2. 2.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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