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Glasgow music doc to premiere at Edinburgh Film Festival

The Jesus And Mary Chain
The Jesus And Mary Chain

The Grant McPhee documentary Teenage Superstars will receive its premiere at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 22.

The new film is the follow-up to 2015’s Big Gold Dream which explored the rise of post-punk and its associated labels in Glasgow and Edinburgh in the 70s and 80s.

Teenage Superstars focuses in and around Glasgow in the early 90s and features artists including The Jesus And Mary Chain, Teenage Fanclub, BMX Bandits, Primal Scream and The Pastels.

Director McPhee spent four years collating rare footage from the era and filmed interviews with many of the artists involved.

He says: “This film is not a history of Scottish independent music. It’s not really even that much about Scotland. It’s about young people taking control and expressing themselves creatively without seeking permission from anyone in authority first.

“This is a film that shows people what they can achieve when they break the rules. It’s part of a jigsaw that when pieced together with all the other similar scenes around the UK shows a genuine revolution – disenfranchised youth, many from working class backgrounds, getting together and forming a completely alternative record industry that became as powerful as the might of the then existing one.

“I think anyone creative today should listen to what they have to say and take note.”

The team behind the film have been running a crowdfunding campaign to pay for final licences and clearances and has just six days left to run. Find out more.

Scott Munro

Scott looks after Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 25 years in newspapers and magazines and in 2014 joined our news desk, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more. Scott has previous written for the Daily Record, Sunday Mirror, The Herald and IGN.