It’s hard to believe that it’s been 22 years since Oasis first arrived on the British music scene. With the passing of time comes the inevitable music documentaries looking back at their legacy – and sure enough, last weekend saw the release of Entertainment One’s feature-length Oasis documentary, SUPERSONIC.
From award-winning director Mat Whitecross, the film used unseen archive footage to chart the rise of the band from the council estates of Manchester to some of the biggest concerts of all time in just three years. The movie boasts new interviews with Noel and Liam Gallagher, their mother, and members of the band and road crew. It’s released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital HD on 31st October.
Rock ‘n ’roll lifestyle, infighting and the birth of Britpop? That’s enough material for two movies, you might argue. You’d be right, because the BBC is getting in there first with its own Oasis documentary.
Oasis in Their Own Words also arrived last weekend on BBC iPlayer. Exclusive to the streaming site, the film delves into the Beeb’s archives to stitch together a portrait of the band from footage and interviews from throughout their career.
It continues something of a tradition for BBC iPlayer, which is increasingly using its music archive to create mini-documentaries for topical talent; the release of Amy saw the Beeb do the same thing for Amy Winehouse.
Oasis in Their Own Words is available on BBC iPlayer until 30th October.