Friday, 19 August 2022

How the Gallaghers provided the soundtrack to a generation

MUCH has been written about the Gallaghers’ meteoric rise to fame, the bitter infighting and their

MUCH has been written about the Gallaghers’ meteoric rise to fame, the bitter infighting and their hedonistic lifestyle on the path to superstardom with Oasis.

But in this week’s highly-anticipated Supersonic the brothers tell their unique story in their own words.

An instant advantage then over many other documentaries, and with unprecedented access to the band’s archive this all bodes well.

So too does its production pedigree. Mat Whitecross, who directed Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Spike Island, which centres on The Stone Roses’ 1990 gig, takes the helm.

He is joined by BAFTA winner Asif Kapadia, best known for the excellent character studies Amy and Senna, of the troubled singer, and triple Formula One world champion respectively.

With a run time of about two hours the pair will have to work hard to keep audiences interested but, with a story this engaging, and a band so influential in a musical movement that would define a generation, this won’t be hard.

In a world where the music industry is now extremely image-conscious and highly sanitised Oasis were a breath of fresh air – a band whose members spoke their minds and didn’t care what anyone thought.

For fans, this is the film they have been crying out for for years. For those who didn’t have time for Oasis Whitecross and Kapadia will be hoping the sheer magnetism, coupled with a healthy dose of outrageous behaviour, will be enough to appeal to new audiences and even fans. Archive footage is skilfully woven together with new interviews with the band as they look back on their experiences.

The film follows the Gallaghers’ truly rags-to-riches journey from a Manchester council estate to the release of their first single, Supersonic in 1994, to selling out stadiums packed with thousands of fans.

Liam and Noel’s furious feuding and the mayhem and excess of the band were a magnet for the press and the brothers speak unusually candidly about their fractious relationship and extraordinary rise to the top.

Supersonic tells the story behind one of the world’s greatest super-bands, and is a riveting portrayal of the Britpop phenomenon.

The film is showing at Henley’s Regal Cinema on Sunday at 7.15pm and is followed by an exclusive live stream Q&A with Liam Gallagher and Whitecross.

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