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The Stone Roses Have Recorded At Least Three Or Four New Songs

May 21, 2012 | Posted by Joseph Lee

The writer of a new film about The Stone Roses, Chris Coghill, told The BBC that the band have given their blessing to the project.

The film is set in 1990 at the band’s show at Spike Island. It was one of several projects announced by BBC Films in Cannes. It follows a group of teenagers who try to get into the concert without tickets. It will use music from the band. It stars Elliott Tittensor (Shameless), Emelia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Lesley Manville.

The outdoor concert at Spike Island in Widnes, Cheshire, on May 27, 1990 had an attendance of around 27,000 people. It was considered badly organized (especially by today’s standards) and there were complaints about the poor sound quality.

Coghill said: “Mani, the bass player and Ian Brown said, ‘Whatever we can do to help.’ Essentially, it’s my love letter to the Stone Roses and being 16 years old in 1990 in Manchester. There’s a little bit of me in all the boys. I never went to Spike Island. I got let down with a ticket the day before, which is what happens to the lads in the film. But I just sat on my mum’s sofa all day in a mood, whereas these lads go and try to blag their way in. It’s a coming of age story, all the lads have issues that they’re dealing with. It’s set over three days and they’re all running away from things.

The trailer shown at Cannes had several songs from the band’s debut album. Coghill said that they loved the idea of their music being in the movie.

He added: “I’m mates with Mani and I know Ian a bit, and when we first started talking about it, I emailed them both an outline of what we wanted to do and they said, ‘You have our support, you have our blessing, whatever you need.’

The band will reform for a world tour this summer, while Coghill hopes to have the film completed by November. He added that the band “have at least three or four new tracks recorded”.

Other BBC films at Cannes included Shadow Dancer (starring Andrea Riseborough as an IRA informant) and Now Is Good (starring Dakota Fanning as a teenager living with a terminal illness).

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