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Karlovy Vary Review: ’The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 4, 2013 9:30 AM
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“That’s going straight in the scrapbook” says director Shane Meadows early on in his music documentary “The Stone Roses: Made of Stone” which played at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival today, having already opened in early June in the U.K. and Ireland. He’s referring to a scribbled note left to him by one of the band members about something incidental, and his endearing awe at having this personalized piece of the One True Cross in his hands is indicative of his approach to the material overall -- sometimes for the charming better but occasionally for the enervating worse. Here Meadows is fan first and director second, and while the film will no doubt satisfy and engage even dormant Stone Roses fans, those coming to it expecting a little more of Meadows’ distinctive authorial imprint, or, really anything beyond a standard and rather conventional rise-and-fall-and-rise-again narrative may be disappointed.

Watch: Trailer For 'This Is England' Director Shane Meadows' Music Doc 'The Stone Roses: Made of Stone'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 18, 2013 2:35 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Shane Meadows hasn’t made a feature film since 2009, and even then his last two efforts were both relatively minor key. “Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee” was a largely improvised mockumentary and comedy vehicle for his pal Paddy Considine, while “Somers Town” was a short (71 mins) but sweet way for Meadows to tell a story outside of his East Midlands comfort zone. In the interim he’s brought two mini-series to the small screen with “This is England ‘86” and “This is England ’88,” but now he’s back in the filmmaking business and the first trailer has dropped for the documentary, “The Stone Roses: Made of Stone.”

Rising Director Tom Green To Make Feature Debut With Film Set Against Legendary Stone Roses Gig

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2011 6:27 AM
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This writer went to university for four years in Manchester, England and, as such, is still physically unable to listen to one of the seminal bands from the city, The Stone Roses. Despite only recording two albums, one of which is rubbish, the band seemingly soundtrack every bar, club and restaurant in the city, and, even as a one time fan of the band, if we go the rest of our lives without ever hearing "I Am The Resurrection" again, we'll be delighted.

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