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Independent to Launch Oasis Documentary at AFM

LONDON — Independent is to handle international sales rights on Mat Whitecross’ as-yet-untitled documentary on the band Oasis, which it will introduce to buyers at the American Film Market this week.

The film will document the band’s journey from 1991, when Noel Gallagher joined his brother Liam’s group. Oasis’ first album, “Definitely Maybe,” became the fastest-selling debut album in British history, and the band went on to sell 70 million albums. The filmmakers were given extensive access by the band, and also drew on never-before-seen archive material.

Independent’s Andrew Orr commented: “Oasis are without doubt one of the classic British rock bands, defining the sound of a whole era. At its heart are Liam and Noel Gallagher, two of the finest rock ‘n’ roll stars this country has ever produced. Mat’s sensibility and style are going to provide the perfect complement to this tale of the rise of one of the great rock ’n’ roll bands.”

Whitecross’ credits include “The Road to Guantanamo,” which won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, and “The Shock Doctrine,” which was based on Naomi Klein’s book. Both films were co-directed by Michael Winterbottom. Whitecross also directed “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,” a biopic about punk-rock star Ian Dury, starring Andy Serkis.

The Oasis film is being produced by James Gay Rees for On the Corner, whose credits include “Senna” and “Amy,” Fiona Neilson for Mint Pictures (“Spike Island”), and Simon Halfon for Nemperor (“Sleuth”). The executive producer is Asif Kapadia (“Senna,” “Amy”).

It is being financed by Lorton Entertainment, which was founded by Julian Bird, and the newly launched Lorton Distribution will be releasing the film in the U.K.

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