Sunday, 10 April 2011

Shana Swash in Gang Girls : Quadrophenia meets Grease

Shana Swash in Gang Girls by Sharon Holloway. Photography by Scott Chalmers

With the heat soaring in Southampton today, everybody poured out on to the waterfront to soak up some much overdue sunshine. But it's not just Brighton that's seen a history of mods and rockers making the news. Vintage Hair Lounge was today the focus of an ambitious outing of mine, Sharon Holloway, to make a film in one day with a big slice of the South's retro talent.

What was originally an idea initiated by Classy Chassis Clothing to launch a new collection of sixties clothing for streetwise youth, ultimately turned in to an epic film production with mods, scooter enthuiasists, rockabillies, retro gals and classic cars pouring in to the City to meet at Vintage Hair Lounge and recreate the classic cult confrontation with a twist.

With former EastEnders actress Shana Swash fronting our retro girl gang we were in for something truly special. With charm, grit and grace, she took on the role, as Rizzo in Grease would say, "with relish!" And her exquisite performance exuded a magnetism that was undoubtedly proved by the unexpectedly huge turn out of scooter and classic car enthusiasts and the warmth with which she was received by all who played a part in the production.

Maddy Hobbs, Shana Swash and Chloe Cruse in Gang Girls by Sharon Holloway. Photography by Scott Chalmers
So it's a fitting tribute to both Shana and the South's retro and vintage scene, that the beautiful photography of the day by Scott Chalmers will also be featured on film. Gang Girls now goes straight in to post-production and more news will be posted soon.

We are also delighted to announce that Annie Young of Bournemouth's Kitty Kat Cabaret Club, who features in Gang Girls with her burlesque troupe as "The Rockers" will be performing the soundtrack.

More updates to follow.

1 comment:

  1. It was a brilliant day and I can't wait to see the results!