You Instead (alternate U.S. title Tonight You're Mine) is a 2011 British "Rock 'n' roll romantic comedy" written by Thomas Leveritt and directed by David Mackenzie. The film stars Luke Treadaway, Natalia Tena, Gavin Mitchell and Alastair Mackenzie. Set at T in the Park music festival and shot by Sigma Films, two feuding rock stars are handcuffed together at a festival where they are due to perform.
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|Directed by||David Mackenzie|
|Produced by||Gillian Berrie|
|Written by||Thomas Leveritt|
|Music by||Brian McAlpine|
|Edited by||Jake Roberts|
The story centers around two characters Adam (Luke Treadaway) and Morello (Natalia Tena) who end up handcuffed whilst appearing at T in the Park. Adam is the lead singer with successful pop group The Make who are booked to perform at popular music festival in Scotland. While looking for his manager he happens upon Morello, the lead singer for the all girl punk band The Dirty Pinks. The two do not get along and end up arguing, while doing so attracting the attention of a preacher who decides to teach them both a lesson in cooperation and compromise. He handcuffs the two together and disposes of the key, leaving the two stuck together until the handcuffs can be removed. This also means that the two must perform together, an arrangement that both are unhappy with. But over time they both see that they have more in common than first thought and Morello begins to wonder whether she is truly happy with her boyfriend Mark (Alastair Mackenzie).
- Luke Treadaway as Adam - one half of globally successful indie duo The Make.
- Natalia Tena as Morello - lead singer for all-girl punk band The Dirty Pink’s.
- Mathew Baynton as Tyko - keyboard player and backing vocalist for The Make.
- Gavin Mitchell as Bobby - American manager of The Make. The character was originally called Stan but was changed as the T Festival crowds kept calling him Bobby during filming.
- Sophie Wu as Kim - an environmental filmmaker trying to raise funds to 'buy' environmental policy from US senators.
- Rebecca Benson as Lucy - Kim's assistant.
- Ruta Gedmintas as Lake - the super-model girlfriend of Adam.
- Alastair Mackenzie as Mark - Morello's banker boyfriend. Mackenzie is the brother of this film's director.
- Kari Corbett as Kirsty - The Dirty Pink’s lead guitarist.
- Clare Kelly (now Clare Duffin) as Justine - The Dirty Pink’s drummer. At time of filming, she was drummer for the Scottish indie band Suspire.
- Cora Bisset (billed as 'Bissett') as J.J. - The Dirty Pink’s bass guitarist.
- Joseph Mydell as The Prophet - leads the arguing bands in a prayer, then handcuffs Adam and Morello together.
- Gilly Gilchrist as Bruce the Roadie - helps Adam and Morello at various times.
Filmed live at T in the Park 2010, the film features brief appearances from various performers and bands: Paloma Faith, Paolo Nutini, Biffy Clyro, The Proclaimers, Calvin Harris, Paloma Faith, Newton Faulkner (has a scene with Bobby the manager), Al Green, Jo Mango (has a scene performing for a small gathering, including Adam and Morello), Heather Suttie, Kassidy and The View.
You Instead was filmed in 5 days at the 2010 T in the Park Festival in Kinross, Scotland. As the movie was filmed on site at T in the Park the cast and crew were constantly reacting to their surroundings and incorporating them into the performances. The cast and crew camped backstage at the festival instead of the campsite in a specially designed marquee which housed 80 tents. The film was edited daily after shooting was finished for the day as scenes could not be re-shot after the festival was finished. Director David Mackenzie said one of the factors of him casting the two lead parts was that, "Luke Treadaway and Natalia Tena both have musical experience – Luke’s first movie called Brothers of the Head involved him and his brother playing in some proto-punk band, and Natalia’s got her own band called Molotov Jukebox who are very good.". Two of the songs performed in the film were written by Treadaway and Tena.
T in the Park is a major music festival held in Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland. The festival's opening year was in 1994 and it has been held annually since. The festival's main sponsor is Tennents Brewery, the reason for the 'T' in the title, and is sponsored by DF Concerts. The festival was originally held in Strathclyde Park, Lanarkshire for the first four years and ran for two days but since then has changed to a three-day weekend with the option of an extra Thursday night camping. The festival has been the host to many famous bands over the years with acts including Foo Fighters, Eminem, Green Day and The Killers. The festival director Geoff Ellis says "The film really captures the spirit of what T in the Park is about!"  It allows the viewers of the film to experience the festival through the eyes of bands that travel to T in the Park instead of just attending as a regular guest, thus really allowing the full T in the park experience.
You Instead premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival in March 2011, and went on limited release in September 2011. The film was also shown to Thursday night campers at the festival the following year, 2011. The festival is known to show films to campers to occupy their time on Thursday as there is no live music performed until the Friday of the festival. You Instead Director David Mackenzie said: "After shooting the film entirely at last year's T in the Park, it was only natural that we brought it back to where it was born, one year on."
You Instead was released to poor to mixed reaction from critics. Peter Bradsaw of The Guardian gave the film one out of five saying "A jaw-droppingly self-indulgent, shallow, smug if mercifully brief feature with a plot that looks like the outline for a pop video". Graham Young of the Birmingham Post gave the film zero stars out of five stating "I’ve only walked out of one movie in my reviewing life – and that’s Penalty King (2006) which I knew would never get a Midlands’ release. The mercifully brief You Instead comes a close second. It is pointless, inept and impossible to warm to".
Total Film gave the film three stars out of five saying "It’s not quite Before Sunrise with mud and portaloos then, but warm vibes, buzzy crowd scenes and the two leads’ enthusiasm will pull you through to the morning after." Leo Robson of The Financial Times gave the film three stars out of five saying "The film shouldn’t work, and for the most part doesn’t; but it left me smiling".
The film was released on DVD on 6 February 2012.
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