Oasis ‘Supersonic’ director wants to make films about Arctic Monkeys and The Smiths

Mat Whitecross discusses future plans in interview with NME

Mat Whitecross, the director behind the Oasis Supersonic documentary, has spoken to NME in a new interview, revealing that he would be keen on working with either The Smiths or Arctic Monkeys on a future project.

Supersonic is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download and has been a massive hit since its release. Speaking to NME this week, Whitecross discussed his future aspirations.

Asked if he has any bands in mind that he would like to work with on a similar project, the filmmaker replied: “God, there are so many! People keep on dying this year, it’s the year from hell.”


He added: “As far as people I grew up admiring, I love bands like The Smiths. I love the Arctic Monkeys… I love Tom Waits. Leonard Cohen was huge figure in my life growing up… Joni Mitchell [too].”


“The problem is, a little bit like the problem we had with Oasis, there’s so much material, their lives are so rich, how do you fix on one specific moment in their life to talk about?”

“I think with Joni Mitchell you can make 10, 20 films about her and similarly with Prince or Bowie or Leonard Cohen, where do you begin, where do you end? You have to try and think like, unless you’re making a mini-series, then how do you tell that story in the most cinematic way?”

“I don’t know but I’m open to suggestions, if anyone wants me to make a film about them, I’m around.”


Having reunited the Gallagher brothers to work on Supersonic, Whitecross admitted it would be perhaps even more difficult to get Morrissey and Johnny Marr’s involvement in a potential Smiths documentary.

“I think that might be the fight that kills me,” Whitecross joked. “[But] I’m just reading Johnny Marr’s book at the moment and it sounds like they met up at least once, and no one murdered anyone else so you never know. If they’re up for doing a film then yeah. Anything like that, we know Johnny’s manager’s, he’s a good friend of ours so maybe I’ll try and get on the phone one day and see how it goes.”

Whitecross also named MIA as one modern artist he would love to work with, saying: “She’s a fascinating character, there’s so many sides to her personality… she’s more exciting than anyone else out there. She has a political dimension to her and a philosophical dimension to her music and lyrics. I think there’s so many interesting things there to talk about her life.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Whitecross also spoke about Liam Gallagher’s upcoming solo album, describing it as “epic” and sounding like the Velvet Underground.

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