Shane Meadows felt the ''most pressure'' he's ever been under to make 'The Stone Roses: Made of Stone' a big success because he is such a huge fan of the band.
Shane Meadows felt the ''most pressure'' he's ever been under to make 'The Stone Roses: Made of Stone' a success.
The 'This is England' director is a huge fan of the group and as a result he was desperate to ensure the documentary film wasn't a flop both for the sake of his career and the 'She Bangs the Drums' hitmakers' loyal fan base.
Speaking at 2013 Virgin Media Shorts at London's BFI IMAX last night (07.11.13), he exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''That's probably been the most pressure I've ever felt in my life because there are so many things stacked on top of each other.
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Made by a fan for fans, this documentary explores the iconic English rock band through raw adoration rather than a detailed narrative. But Shane Meadows (This Is England) is a seriously gifted filmmaker, and his approach wins us over by focussing on the bandmates' personalities, their passion for the music and their fans' devotion to them.
Childhood friends Ian Brown and John Squire formed the Stone Roses in Manchester in 1984, then set about to show the world that they were the greatest rock band ever. It took five years and a number of rotating bandmates until the lineup settled down with Ian, John, Reni (Alan Wren) and Mani (Gary Mounfield), and their first album in 1989 was a landmark hit. It took them five more years to release their second album, and that period was marked with terrible battles both within the band and with their record label and management. The band dissolved shortly after Second Coming was released in 1994. Cut to 2011, when these four men reunited to announce their comeback, starting with a major concert in Manchester in June 2012.
Meadows has access to an astonishing array of archival material, including home movies and private photos, vintage TV interviews and performance footage. He pieces this together without narration, letting the bandmates recount their own story, so naturally they skip over the more uncomfortable elements, such as the seven other musicians who came and went over the years. And there are no details about the various fallings out between them. Instead, this collage astutely captures their lively personalities, the way they work and how they come together to play their most memorable songs.
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Ian Brown, John Squire, Gary "Mani" Mounfield, Alan "Reni" Wren and Shane Meadows - Incorporating never-seen-before material spanning the band's musical history, the personal experiences of many of those touched by the band and their music, and unparalleled access to the record-breaking sell-out concerts which took place in Summer 2012, this is the definitive record of the definitive band of the past 25 years. - United Kingdom - Wednesday 18th April 2012
Shane Meadows and John Squire - Incorporating never-seen-before material spanning the band's musical history, the personal experiences of many of those touched by the band and their music, and unparalleled access to the record-breaking sell-out concerts which took place in Summer 2012, this is the definitive record of the definitive band of the past 25 years. - United Kingdom - Thursday 17th May 2012
New film promises to portray gig that supposedly 'defined an era'
Don't believe that The Stone Roses and their perennially out of tune front man Ian Brown playing through a naff sound system somewhere near Warrington back in 1990 wasn't the near-mythological experience that it was for the 20,000 or so who made the trek to Spike Island? Well someone's gone and made a film based around that 'glorious' night just to really ram the point home. It was seminal. Honest. And they're going to tell you why through the eyes of a lad, played by an actor who used to be in Hollyoaks.
Trailer released for The Stone Roses documentary, made by Shane Meadows. The documentary is released June 5, 2013
Shane Meadows has made no secret of his love for Stone Roses, in the making of his documentary The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone and his passion is spine-tinglingly evident, even in the short space of time that it takes to run through the trailer. When the Mancunian band announced their intentions to reform after 20 years, Meadows – the director of Dead Man’s Shoes and This Is England – was set to the task of documenting the experience.
Modern footage of the band is interspliced with archive videos, but anyone expecting to see tell-scenes of the band’s more dramatic moments may be surprised to discover that Meadows did not go in for filming their more private moments together. In an interview with Jon Snow, for Channel 4, he explains “Because of my love for the band - I've not held back from what everyone saw - but I didn't go backstage sticking mics in the way, I made all my crew turn their cameras and sound devices off and we all sat in the room. A bit like being respectful - if someone's having a bit of a fall out, I don't think it's my place - you know, I'm not making the Jeremy Kyle show… they realised that they could trust me. I wasn't there trying to make Martin Bashir's Michael Jackson expose, I was making it with genuine love and affection. It's warts and all, don't get me wrong, but at the same time I also understood that certain things are private."
The Stone Roses were a relatively short-lived indie phenomenon that inspired the lives of so many in the 1990s following the release of the influential self-titled debut album; an album described by many as the greatest album of all time. They disbanded, much too soon, in 1996 after they struggled to cope with the departure of guitarist John Squires and drummer Alan 'Reni' Wren. A reunion seemed the most unlikeliest of things for this band but, after 16 years, 2012 Ian Brown, John Squire, Alan Wren and Gary Mounfield together on stage once more in one of the most highly anticipated reunions in music history. This documentary follows their day to day lives, catching up on last decade and a half and rehearsing for their record-breaking comeback gigs that brought tears to the eyes of indie fans nationwide.
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The documentary will roll out to other cities after its Manchester release
The Stone Roses Documentary, Made of Stone, will premiere in Manchester. Although, there really wasn’t another choice for the Shame Meadows-directed film, considering the band’s heritage.
"Making this film, I got to be part of something truly remarkable, the double decade awaited ‘resurrection’ of my all time favourite band, The Stone Roses,” said Meadows, who will host a Q&A after the screening on Thursday, May 30 at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. “People say that you can’t recapture your youth, it’ll never be the same second time round etc, but that’s utter rubbish. The Roses were never allowed to reach their peak first time around so, as far as I and millions of fans around the world were concerned, with this comeback the Roses could be even greater,” he added.
Ian Brown and Shane Meadows are both national treasures
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Shane Meadows was concerned his Stone Roses film would be like a ''Christian rock documentary'' if there was no tension in the band.
The 40-year-old helmsman worried the forthcoming feature, 'The Stone Roses: Made of Stone' - which documents the group's reformation - wouldn't contain enough controversy if the band were nice to each other all the time, but insists he didn't go ''sifting for s**t'' to try to make it more interesting.
He said: ''We weren't trying to do a Michael Jackson, Martin Bashir documentary. You worry that if the band gets on all the time it'll be like a Christian rock documentary, but I never went into it sifting for s**t. It was a celebration for me. After that our names were put on the tea list.''
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The cult rockers returned to the stage last May (12) for their first gig in 16 years, and went on to perform to sold-out crowds across Britain and Europe.
This Is England moviemaker Meadows filmed the group's reunion and was granted exclusive backstage access with the bandmembers, and now fans will be able to watch all the action when The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone is released in the U.K. and Ireland on 5 June (13).
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The This Is England director will film the British group as they prepare for their comeback shows next summer (12), and he plans to release the footage for fans.
But Meadows admits he'll be upset if the project doesn't work out since he is a longtime Stone Roses supporter and pal of frontman Ian Brown, who he first met at an art exhibition.
Recalling his first introduction to the singer, Meadows tells Shortlist magazine, "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, 'F**king hell, you're Shane Meadows.' It was really lucky that he knew my stuff.
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There's still a lot of kid in Shane Meadows. At 28 years of age, he may be a compulsive writer-director of slice-of-life films about the English working class (he won much praise for 1998's "TwentyFourSeven"), but the hyperactive 10-year-old he once was is still very much evident in his ebullient manner.
A barrel-torsoed Midlander with a razor-stubble hairstyle that matches his razor-stubble beard, he's a bright-eyed chap with far too much energy to just sit still for an interview about his new film, "A Room for Romeo Brass." So he switches seats in his hotel room from time to time, eventually landing on a deep-cushioned couch, where he yanks the pillows from both ends, propping them under his arms to squeeze absentmindedly while he talks about the semi-autobiographical story in his latest cinematic endeavor.
"Romeo Brass" is about a pair of inseparable 12-year-old neighbor boys who bond over dysfunctional families and an affinity for pranksterism. In the film, newcomer Andrew Shim (Meadows prefers to use unknowns) plays the title character -- Meadow's alter-ego -- whose relationship with his sickly best buddy is set on the rocks because Romeo takes up with a 20-something slacker (Paddy Considine). Romeo thinks it's cool a grown-up wants to be his friend, but he soon discovers his new pal is 1) a borderline psychotic, and 2) stalking his pretty older sister.
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