FIB Film of the Week: Oasis’ Documentary Supersonic

Audiences have been hit with a blast of 90’s nostalgia with Mat Whitecross’ latest documentary that details the rise and fall of alternative rock band Oasis. The documentary titled “Supersonic” gives audiences a rare backstage pass into the lives of band leaders Noel and Liam Gallagher as they shift through the musical scene of alternative rock that emerged in the early 1990’s 

Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis
Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis: Source


When the band was just starting out in 1992, only Liam Gallagher was in Oasis. After watching his brother’s band play however, Noel believed that he could add some of his creative song-writing talent which the band desperately needed. With the adage of Noel’s incredible song-writing production, the band went on to one of the most immediate rises of a rock band since the Beatles.

Director Mat Whitecross does an excellent job of creating a narrative throughout the documentary by combining old clips, bend the scenes music, personal video from the band, and interviews with frontman Liam and Noel Gallagher. As the documentary progresses, the viewer gets a greater sense of the band’s popularity, as well as the feel of the early half of the decade in which the band emerged.

Behind the fame and glory of Oasis was a sizable conflict that developed between the two brothers Noel and Liam. Although the film does not delve into the nitty gritty details of their fights, the documentary does detail some of Liam’s onstage antics, and the difference in personalities between the two brothers. Noel Gallagher exclaims in the film:

“Oasis greatest strength was me and Liam. It’s also what drove the band into the ground in the end”

Although the film alludes to the downfall of Oasis in the next decade the  the documentary leaves the audience at the band’s peak in 1995. It leaves a bittersweet taste in the viewer’s mouth, as we are left wanting to know more about what truly made the band dissolve into chaos. In a Q & A about the film, Liam Gallagher has already stated that there might be a sequel that will give audiences what they’re looking for

“We can do the downfall of Oasis, which would be equally as fucking entertaining, if not better. If you’re gonna lose the plot – lose it properly. This is just half time now.”

The film is infinitely entertaining from start to finish and we hope to see more rock documentary features from Mat Whitecross. View the trailer below: