Praise is being heaped on Mat Whitecross and his revealing documentary Oasis: Supersonic’s intensive examination of the group’s lighting first two and a half years, culminating with a pair of shows before 500,000 fans at Knebworth. But there’s another 13 years and five albums that came after that, and Whitecross would love a crack at telling the rest of the story at some point.
“Liam is keen for doing it, and I’d be up to do it,” the director tells Billboard. “It’d be a tricky one. It’d definitely get messier, and have a bigger cast of people. But it would be easy to illustrate because once you become big, once you’re a stadium band, people are more keen to stick a camera in your face. So there’d be plenty (of footage) to work with. I’m up for it if anybody else is.” There are, however plenty of potential pitfalls to a sequel.
“At that level the stories become quite similar in some way — get on a big plane, travel somewhere, they stick you in a car, you go to the stadium and then back to a nice hotel. So maybe it’s not that interesting,” Whitecross says. “We’d have to do some research and see what’s there. But I do love the later albums, so I feel like it would be worth doing.”
Before that, however, Whitecross is hoping for a chance to do a longer director’s cut of the film, bringing back excised Supersonic sections — such as a look at how Oasis broke big in the U.S., and at the tumultuous North American tour that followed the triumphant Knebworth shows. “I’d be happy to sit through the 10-hour cut again,” Whitecross says with a laugh. “We do have a lot of really great stuff, visual and audio, some lovely moments that just didn’t fit. I spent two and a half hours with Noel (Gallagher) just talking about the craft of songwriting.”
“So we’ll see,” Whitecross continues. “Nobody’s said anything yet. I showed Noel a two-and-a-half-hour version of the film, and his first comment was it was too long. He said a film about a band shouldn’t be longer than the greatest hits, which is fine — although I did point out their greatest hits is a double album.”
Whitecross is pleased with the positive reviews for Supersonic on both sides of the pond. But he’s particularly happy that the outspoken Gallaghers have given it two thumbs up. “They really liked it,” he says. “They didn’t have any control over the film, so it was a brave thing to do to trust us with telling the story. It could have been a very different film, much more negative, but we were trying to make a film that was truthful.”
The director goes on to recall the first times he showed the brothers his film. “We screened it for them, separately, a couple of times, and the notes they came back with were very smart — and they said I didn’t have to use them if I didn’t want to, which, again, was brave. And generous.” The hours Whitecross spent with them, meanwhile, have led him to be optimistic that the much-desired Oasis reunion will happen — eventually.
“The tricky thing is, the more people put pressure on them, the less likely it is to happen,” the director explains. “But the way Noel talks about the fans at the end of the film is something he comes back to again and again. He’s very generous about their contribution, and I think he would do it for (the fans). Noel has never said no, but he makes jokes about it. Liam says, ‘Come on, let’s get back on the road!’ He’s keen to do it.”
Whitecross says that the brothers have yet to reunite because they don’t really need to. “The reason it hasn’t happened earlier is they’re in a position of luxury,” he opines. “They’re both rich men. They don’t have to be chasing the opportunity to try and get back together. So hopefully if they do come back, it’ll be for the right reasons, and because they both want to do it.”