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Lost in France (2016)

A new documentary by Irish director Niall McCann, "Lost In France" explores the rise of Scotland's independent music scene in the '90s, led by cult label Chemikal Underground. Featuring The... See full summary »

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Niall McCann

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Niall McCann
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Stuart Braithwaite Stuart Braithwaite ... Himself
Stewart Henderson Stewart Henderson ... Himself
Alex Kapranos Alex Kapranos ... Himself
Emma Pollock Emma Pollock ... Herself
Paul Savage Paul Savage ... Himself
R.M. Hubbert R.M. Hubbert ... Himself
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A new documentary by Irish director Niall McCann, "Lost In France" explores the rise of Scotland's independent music scene in the '90s, led by cult label Chemikal Underground. Featuring The Delgados, Bis, Mogwai, Arab Strap, Franz Ferdinand and other seminal acts, this is an intimate film exploring friendship, creativity and music. On the journey, we revisit a defining, chaotic trip early in the musicians' careers, re-staging a concert in Brittany that connects the characters in life (and on stage) for the first time in many years. Written by Lost in France

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Ireland | UK

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English | French

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16 June 2016 (UK) See more »

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Glasgow, Scotland, UK See more »

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Interesting Documentary on the Indie Label Chemikal Underground.
22 July 2017 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

The 1990's was a time when music creativity in Glasgow was probably at some sort of zenith – not that it is exactly a shabby wasteland at the moment – far from it. However, they did things their own way and one of those ways was to avoid getting 'Londoned up' as Belle and Sebastian once put it. So some folk founded their own record labels and Chemikal Underground was born. It championed local talent and did things to get the music out there with a lot of exuberance and a few mistakes along the way.

One such thing was to play an up and coming festival in France and some seventeen years on they do a revisit and this documentary is all about that and tells the stories of the past and some of the people involved. It features Mogwai, The Delgados, Arab Strap and many others.

This is the sort of documentary where it really helps if you are aware of that scene and better still if you are a bit of a fan. I am a fan of most of these bands and was easily part of their target audience, however if you are new to this music then this will be hard to connect with but may still be worth a watch. Production wise it has professional standards and some of the archive footage was great as were some of the insightful interviews but it is probably the sort of thing you will only want to see once – so think twice unless you are a bit of a fan.


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