Dixie (Jonny Owen), is a postman from South Wales, and a music fanatic. All his life he’s dreamed of discovering a great band and then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds them… ‘The Premature Congratulations’. He hunts them down and offers them his management services. They are young, arrogant, sexy and utterly magnificent. Putting their demo on a cassette tape, Dixie heads out onto the streets of London… Innocent, wide-eyed Dixie embarks on a roller coaster ride through the most infamous industry of them all. His partner and his sanity through it all is his soulmate Michelle (Vicky McClure). Every day is a battle for Dixie, totally broke and working for nothing to get his beloved band gigs, their egos grow with their stardom. The more successful The Prems get, the greater the chances are of Dixie losing them. He has to decide what are his real priorities in life… his love of music or his love for Michelle…

“Svengali” tries to be a feel-good comedy pinpointing the things we hold dear in life and if you have to choose what do you go for. The story is there, even if it´s not a unique one. However, I think this fails due to the partly amateurish result and in several cases the acting (the band is awful) plus the general set-up. Jonny Owen and the lovely Vicky McClure do justice to their characters, but it´s the rest that doesn´t really follow no matter how many famous guest cameos that shows up. “Svengali” won´t end up on my to see list. (2 out of 5)

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