Shane Meadows does the Stone Roses – in Brixton (and Clapham and Greenwich)
“It takes time for people to fall in love with ya,” says Stone Roses frontman, Ian Brown in an interview at the height of his band’s fame. “But,” he goes on, with a flicker of a smile, “it’s inevitable.” It’s a legendary quote from one of Britain’s most legendary exports. And now the countdown to the Shane Meadows’ film about the band’s recent comeback – in which these words are uttered – has begun.
Although the This is England director’s documentary, The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, isn’t released until June, tickets are already on sale for the premiere event to be screened at Picturehouses on May 30. It will feature the band themselves and a Q&A with Meadows, all live-streamed from Manchester. The film mashes up rare – some never-before aired – archive footage, along with Meadows’ own filming of original band-members Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni as they prepare for their 2012 reunion gigs. The four-piece, which imploded with animosity after just two albums, changed the course of musical history by tapping into ecstasy-fuelled club dancefloors with guitar-heavy tunes (hard, now, to imagine a time when this would be considered as radical as it was). And, as with all great musical pioneers, the Roses were truculent buggers. Which surely promises some great cinema.
Tickets for these previews are now available online and over the phone on 0871 902 5747
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