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:: Live Forever

Live Forever is a documentary chronicling the re emergence of British pop music in the nineties after the cultural and political stagnation of the eighties and the Thatcher era. It features candid interviews with Noel and Liam Gallagher from Oasis, Damon Albarn from Blur and Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, the trinity of Cool Brittania and the leaders of the rebellion against the cultural hegemony of the United States.

The rivalry between Oasis and Blur, the drug use, and ‘lad culture’ brought to the fore by the musicians, and the pinnacle of their success, the Vanity Fair issue devoted to them, are all explored with the seriousness of an anthropological thesis. A sense of nostalgia pervades the film, for as Louise Wener (Sleeper) states, once Robbie Williams starts doing it, you know it’s over, and with Oasis’s much derided album, the death knell has well and truly rung.

Wonderwall, an Oasis cover band, are the running gag of the film, taking themselves a lot less seriously than the brothers Gallagher, whose sense of self importance would be tragic if it wasn’t so entertaining.

The director, John Dower, traces the rise and fall of an era in music unseen in Britain since the Beatles and the Rolling Stones ruled the airwaves. The political implications of the music are explored as Tony Blair aligns himself with the young and the new and the cultural becomes political.

Produced by John Battsek, who most recently produced the Academy Award winning documentary “One Day In September”, “Live Forever” features the music of Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Massive Attack, Stone Roses and Robbie Williams. A must see for fans of the music and an entertaining overview for those few whom the Cool Brittania era passed by.

Screening at Cinema Nova