Made of Stone

Made of Stone

Shane Meadows (2013)

96min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Shane Meadows was a teenage fan when the Stone Roses shook the world with their potent blend of psychedelic rock and swaggering Mancunian groove, but he never saw them live. Therefore, this potentially conventional feature-length chronicle of their 2011/12 reunion becomes something more personal. Shadowing the well-preserved four-piece on the road to triumphant shows at Greater Manchester's Heaton Park - via rehearsals, a joyous secret gig in Warrington and some bumpy European warm-ups - Meadows gains access all areas, his camera often skulking in corridors and dressing rooms. The band are at the top of their game musically, but Meadows puts the largely middle-aged fans centre stage; their heart-warming stories dominating the Warrington section. Eschewing obligatory talking heads (the band's backstory is told via archive interview) and with footnotes to camera provided by the wide-eyed director himself, Made of Stone replaces hagiography with infectious empathy. It all makes for a witty, honest and valuable tribute.

Summary

Documentary about the influential British rock band, in which film-maker Shane Meadows follows the group as they prepare for their 2012 reunion concerts at Manchester's Heaton Park, the first time they had played together in 16 years. Featuring previously unseen archive footage spanning the Roses' history.

Cast & Crew

Ian Brown Ian Brown
John Squire John Squire
Gary "Mani" Mounfield Gary Mounfield
Alan "Reni" Wren Alan Wren
Director Shane Meadows

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PicturehouseGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 31 May 2013
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