Pat Shortt, who starred in last year's Cannes Directors Fortnight hit Garage, has joined the cast of Shimmy Marcus' Souled Out for Ipso Facto Films.

He joins Martin Compston and Jennifer Ellison in the coming-of-age love story set in the Northern Soul scene in 1974.

The Dap Kings, the backing band of Sharon Jones who has worked with Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson, will produce the soundtrack and create original music for the film. Paul Weller is also in discussions to contribute to the soundtrack.

Moviehouse is handling international sales and Soda Pictures has UK distribution.

'Martin's raw sensitivity and Pat's tenderness will make this film not only appeal to those Northern Soul fans who love the music and the dancing, but those who enjoy a great story told well with wonderful acting,' said producer and Ipso Facto head of development Lorianne Hall. 'And with The Dap Kings on board we are sure to have a cracking soundtrack.'

The film will shoot in July in Stoke On Trent. Christine Alderson's Ipso Facto, which worked on Irina Palm,is also executive producing Nicolas Winding Refn's Valhalla Rising.