Oasis filmmaker talks to NME about the Britpop and his new documentary
The pair have shared a tense relationship since the Britpop group’s 2009 split, with Liam recently hitting out at Noel publicly, calling him a potato, describing him as the “Ronnie Corbett of rock” and comparing his brother’s dress sense to that of Gary Barlow.
Supersonic received its premiere last Sunday, accompanied by a live Q&A with Liam, former guitarist Bonehead and director Mat Whitecross. Liam later called Noel a “shit bag” for not attending the premiere.
Now speaking to NME, Whitecross has given a behind-the-scenes look at the standout scenes from the picture. Read the full feature from this week’s magazine here.
In the film, Liam says “obviously me and our kid don’t have a relationship any more”. Whitecross says of the moment: “Liam seems very cut up about it. Not to the point where he’s going to beat on Noel’s door, but he relished being in a band. He talks about a sense of loss, not just of the band but of his brother.”
Whitecross continues: “Noel finds it strange that other people find it strange. He says they were never a touchy-feely family and all families are different. One of the first things I did was show them the footage backstage at Top Of The Pops, because the closeness and warmth really touched me. I don’t think it was my imagination that they were moved by it, but they’d quickly move on and go, ‘He’s a shitbag.’ That’s part of the fun.”
Gallagher recently “held the olive branch out” to Noel, saying that he wants to repair the relationship with his elder sibling for the sake of their mother.
Liam told The Sunday Times: “Obviously [our mum would] like us to be chatting, sit around the table at Christmas. But it’s a stupid standoff, and we should know better, as we have kids. It would be nice for me and [Noel] to get back together as brothers. But it’s good, the standoff. I’m enjoying it. I ain’t backing down. He ain’t backing down.”
“At least people are still talking about it. They’re obsessed,” he added. “There’s no harm in it. He says shit about me. I say shit about him. I have held the olive branch out, and there has been nothing, so there you go. Potato it is, mate.”