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Live Forever -- Hilarous documentary about the Britpop music scene in the Nineties, featuring all the main bands of the scene exposing the truth behind the myths.


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Hilarous documentary about the Britpop music scene in the Nineties, featuring all the main bands of the scene exposing the truth behind the myths. | Add synopsis »
Review: Live Forever? This “Fame” is Dead On Arrival
 (From The Backlot. 24 September 2009, 7:37 PM, PDT)

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More an enjoyable jaunt down recent key moments in recent UK pop history rather than a comprehensive or insightful documentary See more (19 total) »


  (in credits order)

Noel Gallagher ... Himself
Liam Gallagher ... Himself

Damon Albarn ... Himself

Jarvis Cocker ... Himself
Kevin Cummins ... Himself

Toby Young ... Himself

Ozwald Boateng ... Himself
Damien Hirst ... Himself
Robert del Naja ... Himself (as 3D)

Jon Savage ... Himself
Louise Wener ... Herself
Peter Mandelson ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tony Blair ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
John Dower 
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John Dower  writer

Produced by
John Battsek .... producer
Jessica Ludgrove .... assistant producer
Cinematography by
Fred Fabre 
Film Editing by
Jake Martin 
Art Department
Giuseppe Cristiano .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul Paragon .... sound mixer: interviews
Editorial Department
Soren Kloch .... digital film transfer
Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Other crew
Julian Adamoli .... film researcher

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Rated R for language including drug references
UK:82 min

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Liam Gallagher:Didn't like music then. Just played football and come in late for me tea. Knocked on people's doors and run off. Ran through people's gardens and pinched things.
Interviewer:What sort of things would you pinch?
Liam Gallagher:Clothes off the washing line. If I thought they looked pretty cool, I thought, "I'll have that". Mountain bikes. Lawnmowers.
Interviewer:You used to pinch lawnmowers?
Liam Gallagher:Yeah. And sell 'em. For weed.
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
More an enjoyable jaunt down recent key moments in recent UK pop history rather than a comprehensive or insightful documentary, 24 August 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In the mid 1990's British music exploded within the country to produce an unique scene called "Britpop". Against a backdrop of Tory government, the energetic and youthful bands of Oasis, Blur, Feeder, Pulp, Suede and so on dominated UK music sales and became inexorably linked to the rise of the ambitious and youthful New Labour political party, sweeping to power as led by Tony Blair. Featuring contributions from many of those involved, this documentary looks back at the period, the music and the politics.

Sold to me as a good movie by another user I was looking forward to seeing this film as I was a teenager in the 1990's and did love the music. I had hoped the documentary would capture the sense of time and place, act as an introduction to those not around and evoke memories from those that were – a big ask perhaps but it has been done before with other subjects. On one level the film did work because it does have plenty of little nuggets and amusing moments courtesy of the main contributors. This is all well and good but it isn't enough to hold the whole subject together and the lack of cohesion is a bit of a problem. Many viewers have complained that many bands have been left out, which of course they have, but I didn't think that this was a major problem because the film was going for a general sweep and thus got the main players. However what was a problem for me was the film's failed attempts to link the music with the politics of the time. Of course their was a connection but it was nothing important or socially meaningful, it was merely Blair jumping on a bandwagon and being seen with the people of the day – something he continues to do whatever the popular trend is.

It remedies this problem towards the end but for a big early section it is like a love letter to Blair's Britain. The film also fails to really get to grips with the whole sense of impact that the time had – it does it to a degree but not as much as perhaps the subject deserved. The talking heads are interesting but only their contributions don't dovetail together that well – instead each of them is worth seeing but they don't help the film move forward – in fact the film very much just relies on the passage of time as its driving force, which was natural to a degree but it does get a bit "this happened, this happened then this happened" in a way.

It is still worth seeing though if you know the music and the period. It is funny and interesting and it is a shame that it couldn't have done more with the delivery to produce a more cohesive documentary. It does work reasonably well despite this but it is more an enjoyable jaunt down recent key moments in recent UK pop history rather than a comprehensive or insightful documentary.

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