Shane Meadows’ documentary on The Stone Roses could be ready in time for Christmas.
Speaking to the BBC ahead of the band’s three comeback gigs last weekend in Manchester’s Heaton park, the film’s producer Mark Herbert (This Is England), said of the as yet untitled project: “I was hoping to get it out by Christmas. But over this weekend alone we were going to shoot 180 to 200 hours of footage. We’ve got 35 cameras out there – I feel like I’m making the Titanic at the moment. I want to get it out by Christmas. That’s the dream.”
Director Shane Meadows also admitted that he shelved a major film project to focus on the documentary. He said: “We were supposed to do another film this year. A massive budget film. And then, it was like, OK. And now we’re doing this. We wanted to do this so much more.”
Herbert added that he also halted work on the series This Is England ’90, in which he had planned to use The Stone Roses in the soundtrack. He said: “The mad thing for me is, I was supposed to be doing This Is England ’90. That was the one I was looking forward to the most because I was going to get to use the Roses’ music.
“And the only thing that could have superceded me doing that was the Roses themselves reforming and asking me to make that film. It was kind of like whatever I’m doing, I’ll put down because that’s like the job of the world for me.”