REPOST: Schemers (2020)

Editor’s note: We originally shared this movie on May 12, 2021. It’s available on VOD and DVD from Gravitas Ventures. You can learn more about this movie on the official Facebook page.

David wanted to be a football player before an injury. Now he’s in love with a nurse named Shona and the concerts and disco he’s running – with his buddies Scot and John — have all been to impress her. After a few successes, our hero decides to go all in on a hugely ambitious Iron Maiden show. However, to make that happen, he has to throw in with a gangster named Fergie, which means that the biggest show of his life may just be his last one.

This film is based on truth, as the early years of Dave Mclean’s life in the music business really did have him promote a Maiden show at Dundee’s Caird Hall on June 12, 1980. For Maiden fans, they opened with “Sanctuary.”

This is Mclean’s first movie as a writer, director and producer. He brought plenty of American grunge and punk bands to the UK, including Nirvana, Mudhoney, The Smashing Pumpkins and Green Day before managing Placebo.

He’s to be forgiven for making his film look, feel and play a lot like Trainspotting, because both films cover a lot of the same ground. It does have a good soundtrack going for it, including Saxon, Hawkwind, Dead Kennedys, The View, Placebo and, of course, Iron Maiden.

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