Our favourite music movies

We've got together and decided on our favourite music movies. Let us know which are your favourites!

Supersonic (2016)

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the Gallagher brothers at XS Manchester.

Directed by Mat Whitecross and produced by the same team behind the Amy Winehouse documentary film ‘Amy’, Supersonic looks at the formative years of Manchester band Oasis.

The film follows the story of Oasis from Noel and Liam growing up in Burnage with their mum Peggy and big brother Paul, to the first gig at the Boardwalk, to being signed by Creation Records and the subsequent hugely successful albums before their climactic era-defining gig at Knebworth. 

Featuring interviews with those closest to the band, archive gig footage and backstage photos it’s an essential watch for any music fan.

 

Amy (2015)

It is undeniable that Amy Winehouse was a huge talent. 

The film, directed by Asif Kapadia, starts with footage of a 14 year old Winehouse singing at home, before following the narrative of her life up until her tragic death in 2011. 

 

The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

The Fab Four.

One of the greatest films of all time, A Hard Day’s Night portrays 36 hours in the life of the most iconic band ever, at the height of Beatlemania. Starring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr... you really can’t go wrong.

 

Control (2007)

One of the most mesmerising musicians the world has produced.

Control is a biographical film following the life of Ian Curtis, singer in legendary Manchester post-punk band Joy Division.

The film documents the journey of Joy Division and Ian Curtis’ personal life, from forming the band after watching the Sex Pistols at the Lesser Free Trade Hall, signing to Factory Records, the singer’s struggle with epilepsy, the success of Joy Division and ending in Curtis’ tragic death.

 

24 Hour Party People (2002)

Nope, not just a brilliant song by the Happy Mondays. It's a brilliant film too.

24 Hour Party People follows Manchester's explosion of music and culture from 1976 to 1992 and features legendary label Factory Records and its boss, Anthony Wilson, played by Steve Coogan.

 

As It Was (2019)

As It Was documents the journey of Liam Gallagher's solo career after the Oasis split. Directed by Charlie Lightening, it's a beautiful insight into the life of the Rock n Roll star. Listen to our episode of Humans of XS Manchester with Clint Boon and Charlie Lightening to hear more about the filming process!

 

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