A WEXFORD filmmaker is urging the Manchester Irish community to donate old home movies for an upcoming movie on one of the city’s most famous bands, Oasis.
James McDonald, 33, who runs Shanakee Creations, is calling on the Irish in Britain to delve into their storage cupboards to find personal footage from the 1960s-80s that could feature in the film’s opening scene.
The London-based archive producer, who worked on the recent Ronaldo film, said that the filmmakers are seeking videos from Irish clubs and societies across Manchester.
“All of the original band members grew up in the Manchester Irish community so it's important to us to illustrate that,” he said.
“We don't just want talking heads, we want to see it so we're hoping that people will dig out old home movie footage they have of the Irish community in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
“Anything of the Irish clubs, pubs, weddings, communions and other cultural events would be a wonderful addition to the film.”
The Oasis feature film, will be created by Mat Whitecross and James Gay Rees (Amy), and will document the journey from the moment in 1991 when Noel Gallagher joined his brother Liam’s band.
The film makers have been give unprecedented access from the band, who sold over 70 million albums worldwide, giving a rare and candid insight into their world along with the never before seen archive material.
Speaking to The Irish Post, McDonald added: “The only excuse in not finding some great footage, in my opinion, is that the footage doesn’t exist.”
He previously created a film in honour of the London Irish Centre’s 60th Anniversary (watch below).