A FILM-maker new full length feature will be shown before a live audience at Prestwich Arts Festival.

Pebble and the Boy is a 102-minute drama-comedy, featuring Patsy Kensit, about a 17-year-old named John who, after the death of his mod father, journeys down to Brighton from Manchester to spread his ashes.

Along the way, John meets friends of his late father, discovering secrets and becoming enamoured by mod culture.

The film also features a soundtrack of classic and modern artists, including The Electric Stars, The Style Council, and The Chords, as well as a cameo from Stone Roses bassist, Gary “Mani” Mounfield.

The film is the work of Whitefield auteur Chris Green, who said: “I met Mani about 10 years ago in a mod shop in Brighton and told him my idea for the film and he said he’d like to be in it. All these years later, here we are and he stayed true to his word - he’s a really, really cool guy and it was great to have him on board.”

“Some people are going to see the film two and three times, taking friends and family. It’s exceeding all expectations, there has been a lot of love so far.

“It’s tapped into people’s nostalgia, because my love of mod culture started with The Jam. The sharp suits, the scooters, I wanted to be part of it and embody the music and the style.

“Paul Weller had a certain style and a look that made all the girls go crazy, so for a young lad like me, he was a role model.”

Chris says the film is a deeply personal story of love, loss and grief, set in the Mod community.

He said: “Some elements that are autobiographical in terms of the characters relationship with his dad. I also lost my dad at a young age and it’s shaped who I am, so some of those feelings went into the film.

“But this is a feel-good film, full of laughs and a happy ending, no one gets shot and there’s no sex.

“I have been quietly overwhelmed by the response it’s gotten, I never expected it to be so loved, not just by mods, but by children who had no idea what a mod even is. The fact strangers are paying good money to watch my film and leaving the cinema feeling that they’ve had a good time is enough for me.”