Svengali. Image shows from L to R: Don (Martin Freeman), Dixie (Jonny Owen). Copyright: Root Films.



The story of Dixie, a postman from South Wales who has always dreamed of discovering a great band. When he does, he sets out to promote them

Jonny Owen, Vicky McClure, Martin Freeman, Matt Berry, Michael Smiley, Morwenna Banks, Di Botcher, Dylan Edwards and others
Jonny Owen
John Hardwick
Jonny Owen, Martin Root, Rob Small and Victoria Wood

Svengali tells the story of Dixie (Jonny Owen), 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 started life as an online comedy series. The film version features a host of recognisable British comedy actors in supporting roles.

Production Details

Life, love and a band. Can he manage it?
UK certificate
93 minutes
Release date
Friday 21st March 2014
Friday 21st June 2013 at the Edinburgh International Film Festival
Production company
Laugh track

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