Director Shane Meadows: ‘I’ll be gutted if my Stone Roses documentary doesn’t come off’

The 'This Is England' filmmaker says the band are taking their rehearsals 'fucking seriously'

Director Shane Meadows (This Is England) has spoken about the documentary that The Stone Roses have asked him to make about their reunion.

Meadows said that he’ll be “gutted” if the film doesn’t work out. A long-time fan of the band, Meadows first met their frontman Ian Brown at a Banksy exhibition in Bristol.

He said: “I thought, ‘I’m going to have to go over and say hello, because he’s my hero.’ So I went up and said, ‘Hi, my name’s Shane and I used one of your songs in one of my films…’ He went, ‘Fucking hell, you’re Shane Meadows.’ It was really lucky that he knew my stuff.”

“Ever since then we’ve kept in touch. He had a little cameo [as a policeman] in This Is England ’86. I make no secret of the fact that The Stone Roses are my favourite band of all time. I’ll be gutted if it doesn’t come off,” he added.

Meadows also revealed to Shortlist that he has seen the band rehearsing for their shows next summer and was adamant that they aren’t just in it for the money, saying: “It goes way beyond that, because they’re all fucking intelligent and very proud and they wouldn’t go out there to the slaughter. I saw them rehearsing one verse of ‘Bye Bye Badman’ for an hour yesterday. I looked at that and thought, they are taking this fucking seriously.”

The Stone Roses have been announced as the first headliners of next year’s Øya festival in Norway. It’s set to be a busy summer for The Stone Roses, with the band confirmed to play festival slots at Spain’s Benicassim, Scotland’s T In The Park, Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival, Denmark’s NorthSide and Sweden’s Hultsfred. They will also play three huge homecoming shows at Manchester’s Heaton Park on June 29, 30 and July 1, which sold out just over an hour after going on sale.