It's 1965 & Times Are Changing -- Fast!
Manchester, England, 1965. "You'll never meet anybody worth knowing working at the chip shop," says Ellie and Arden Brooke's overbearing granny. But that's where the sisters meet The Ice Cubes, a struggling rock trio that opens their eyes to the whole swingin' world beyond staid Manchester. Arden sees lead singer Dallas McCabe as her ticket out. Ellie has more practical plans, but she and Dallas get drawn together by the music and their irritable attraction to each other. A story of twin sisters who are each other's best friend- and worst enemy.
A marvelously acted coming of age drama with a terrific soundtrack that will take you back to 1965 and the roots of the British invasion. Starring Sue Johnston (Brasses Off), Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia), Joseph McFadden (Rent), Gillian Kearney (The John Lennon Story), David Threlfall (Patriot Games), James Calles (Bridget Jones' Diary), Nicholas Farrel (Pearl Harbor) and introducing Emma Cooke.
Twins Ellie and Arden Brookes turn 18 bursting with dreams but facing limited prospects. Bookish Ellie accepts a surprise proposal as her best chance. Boy-crazy Arden dreams of hitting it big on the pop scene. They both love to sing and enter a local talent contest after meeting The Ice Cubes, a trio of long-haired musicians on the make.
Ellie begins to question her decision to marry Norman, who lays out plans for her to become a conventional helpmate and mother. The Ice Cubes struggle to get out from under sleazy has-been manager Larry B Cool and his retro music. Ellie becomes increasingly drawn into The Ice Cubes' own music and to Dallas.
Dallas realizes he loves Ellie but Arden refuses to hear him when he tries to break it off. The Wolf steps up his pursuit of Ellie by charming Granny with his old world manners and breeding. When Arden finds out about Dallas and Ellie, she plays a trump card just as the band breaks into the big time.
With the band off in London signing their record deal, Ellie decides she must go through with the wedding. Howard mischievously books The Ice Cubes to play at the reception, where the Wolf tries to get Ellie to tell Dallas the truth. Before she can get it out, Dallas tells her he'll do "the right thing" by Arden.
Ellie, Arden and the band are in swinging London. Arden and Dallas struggle to get along, while Ellie pretends to be in love with the Wolf. Howard breaks away from his mother and joins his daughters in London. Norman's grief about losing Ellie boils over just as Ellie realizes she has to get away from Dallas and Arden.
The Ice Cubes finally have a hit song and are on tour with Howard as their manager. They all worry about Ellie, who has disappeared. Arden hangs on to Dallas, though they have become increasingly estranged. Desperately in need of help, Ellie contacts her sister and Arden has a change of heart.