The Inside Story On The Making Of Supersonic

At Esquire Townhouse, director Mat Whitecross talked about making his celebrated new documentary about the biggest British band of the 1990s

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On there ever being another Oasis

"I don't think Oasis could happen again. Now you can listen to all recorded music at the touch of a button. Back then there was a 'Top 20'. It made Oasis possible. In a way, now it's harder to focus people's attention. Maybe the next big band will do it in a different way."

On the real Liam

"One of the motivations for making the film was to address that tabloid caricature of Liam. I wanted to show a more nuanced version of him. But when you actually spend time with him you realised he is a very funny, smart, deep, soulful dude.

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"I mean don't get me wrong, he still loves going out on four days binges, so some of it is true. But there is more to him than that. He lives in the moment. He's weirdly humble about areas of life you wouldn't imagine."

On reaction to the film

"The film mean people are having a different reaction to Liam. I think they've realised they miss him from public life. He's not just that guy who gets trashed."

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On a potential Oasis reunion

"The more we tell them to get back together, the less likely they will be to do it. But I like to think they will."

On the band's acrimonious end

"I think Liam regrets a lot of what happened. He was very hurt by it. Even though he was at least 50% responsible for it.

"Weirdly, when I first asked Noel about Kneworth he said: 'that was the beginning of the end'. I was surprised. I'd never heard him say that. He said 'that's where the rot set in'."

On what the band wanted the film to achieve

"Noel said he wanted it to be a call to arms to a new generation. Because everything in music feels beige now."

On Oasis closest contemporaries

"Alex Turner is deliberately not Liam Gallagher. He won't be entertaining in interviews."

On Liam's music now

"He played me some of his new album. His voice was awesome. He's pushed himself."

On putting the film together

"Finding footage was hard. Liam didn't know how we were going to make it. He said didn't let people film him, and obviously no one had camera phone then. What you see in the film is the bulk of the good footage. We had about 8 hours in total. It was difficult. They stopped people filming them in the past. But got some good stuff from the early days when they were being themselves. In later interviews they were peforming."

On his own future as a film maker

"I'm hopefully doing a film on the Beatles manager Brian Epstien next. He wanted to be in the limelight but ended up being the back seat man. It's a great story of this strange outsider.

"I've also been filming Coldplay for years. But I'm not quite sure what we're going to do with that. Maybe something in 20 years."

On the importance of documentaries

"You feel a bit punch drunk if all you see is superhero films. It's like eating beef burgers every day. You need something else."

On the challenges of the edit

"It's a big responsibility, making a documentary. You can make people say anything by editing interviews in a certain way. Our rule was to always keep the spirit of what they were saying. You have to be careful.

"Also you spend a lot of time with these guys and you like them, but on the other hand they didn't always behave well. So finding the balance is tricky.

"There is so much love between them. The bitterness came after the third and fourth album. It would have been easy to make it look like they were always at war. But it wasn't always like that."