Grant McPhee’s long-awaited documentary, Teenage Superstars, is to be premiered at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 22. The film is a sequel of sorts to 2015’s highly acclaimed Big Gold Dream that chronicled the rise of post-punk and independent labels in Glasgow and Edinburgh in the 70s and 80s and their impact on the UK music scene.
The new film examines the Glasgow scene of the mid-80s and beyond and features pioneering artist such as The Jesus And Mary Chain, Teenage Fanclub, Primal Scream, The Pastels and of course The Vaselines whose ‘Teenage Superstars’ appeared on their 1989 debut album, Dum-Dum. The film will feature all-new interviews with many of the main players including former Creation Records head honcho Alan McGee, Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake and others.
Check out the trailer here:
Speaking of the film, director Grant McPhee said: “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.”