RLJE Films has released the first trailer for “Creation Stories”, a film about the influential British record label Creation Records, which carried out a musical revolution in the 1980s. The preview reveals a narrative focus centered on the personal story of Alan McGee, the founder and owner of label, which is played by Scotsman Ewen Bremner (the Sput of “Trainspotting” and its sequel) in his older version.
The actor is not the only “Trainspotting” graduate on the project. The screenplay was written by Irvine Welsh, author of the book that became “Trainspotting”, and the production is in charge of Danny Boyle, the director of that film.
“Creation Stories” is based on McGee’s autobiography titled “The Creation Records Story: Riots, Raves and Running a Label”.
The legendary Scottish businessman gained prominence when he set up a London club, The Living Room, which became the stage for the movement that culminated in the formation of the original indie generation in the mid-1980s – the scene called “C86” (class of 86). He also had a band, Biff Bang Pow, and was Jesus and Mary Chain’s first manager, as well as recording the group’s first single.
The Jesus and Mary Chain weren’t the only famous band released by Creation, which still recorded albums by Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Teenage Fanclub, House of Love, Ride and even Oasis.
After selling half of his record company to Sony in the 1990s and seeing Oasis explode on the charts, McGee still dabbled in politics, helping to pass a bill providing financial support for insolvent musicians.
Creation’s last release was Primal Scream’s album “XTRMNTR” in 2000. McGee closed the label after becoming dissatisfied with Sony’s commercial direction. The old producer still ventured into new labels and clubs, but found more success resurrecting the Creation name in 2014 to manage musicians such as his old friends the Jesus and Mary Chain and Happy Mondays. He is also producing a new rock festival, Creation Day, which will take place the last weekend of May in the UK.
The film is directed by actor Nick Moran, who turned director with another prodigy producer biopic, “Telstar: The Joe Meek Story” (2008).
The cast includes Suki Waterhouse (“Pokémon: Detective Pikachu”), Rupert Everett (“Home of the Peculiar Children”), Jason Flemyng (“X-Men: First Class”), Jason Isaacs (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Kirsty Mitchell (“Double Blast”), Mel Raido (“Legends of Crime”), Matthew Durkan (“Coronation Street”) and Leo Flanagan (“Hanna”) as the teen version of McGee.
The premiere will take place at the Glasgow Film Festival in Scotland on February 24. The premiere is scheduled for March 20 on the British pay channel Sky Atlantic.