Filmmakers given "unprecendented" access to band and archive footage
The team behind this year’s Amy are to make a new documentary about Oasis.
James Gay-Rees of production company On The Corner and director Asif Kapadia will follow up their work on the Amy Winehouse film with a new flick charting the rise of Oasis from their early days as a band. Filmmakers are said to have been given “unprecedented” access to the band and unseen archive footage.
Kapadia will act as executive-director on the film with Mat Whitecross to direct. Whitecross has directed a number of Coldplay videos and 2012’s Spike Island.
Screen Daily reports that Independent Film Sales will launch the film at industry event AFM, which takes place between November 4-11.
Andrew Orr, managing director at Independent, commented, “Oasis are without doubt one of the classic British rock bands, selling 70 million albums worldwide and defining the sound of a whole era. At its heart are Liam and Noel Gallagher, two of the finest rock ‘n’ roll stars this country has ever produced. Mat’s sensibility and style are going to provide the perfect complement to this tale of the rise of one of the great rock ’n’ roll bands.”
Amy recently became the second biggest documentary ever at the UK box office, grossing £3.44million. The film previously surpassed Kapadia’s award-winning Senna (£.3.17 million).
Director Asif Kapadia spoke to NME about the making of Amy earlier this year. Kapadia said that he became increasingly “angry” while making the film and finding out more about Winehouse’s demise, elaborating that he “wanted the audience to be angry” too.
“People watching the film tend to feel a bit guilty,” the filmmaker said. “One reading of it is that we all got into this idea that we could bully this girl, or join in laughing at her, because she wouldn’t answer back and didn’t have anyone around her who seemed to care.
“We never stopped to think about what we were doing to her. This is a girl who had a mental illness, yet every comedian, every TV host, they all did it with such ease, without even thinking. We all got carried away with it.”