Lively doc from Grant McPhee (Big Gold Dream) exploring the Scottish music scene from the mid-80s to the early 90s 4 Stars

When it premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival last summer, director Grant McPhee’s documentary film Teenage Superstars garnered similar acclaim to its well-received antecedent, Big Gold Dream. While Big Gold Dream documented the Scottish post-punk scene, with a particular focus on the Fast Product, Pop Aural and Postcard Records labels, Teenage Superstars tells the story of the ’80s/early ’90s indie scene in Glasgow and Lanarkshire...

From the director of acclaimed Big Gold Dream, a music documentary which is a love letter to the Edinburgh bands of the 1970s is his most recent work, Teenage Superstars. This time this love letter is to Glasgow and we are handed over to Stephen McRobbie, known to many as Stephen Pastel, and Kim Deal, who take us down a trip through Scotland’s rock and indie underground, exploring areas like Bellshill, which saw the emergence of musicians Duglas T Stewart and Normal Blake...

EIFF 2017: Lucid and entertaining exploration of the 90s Scottish music scene, from Grant McPhee

When it comes to the music industry, so often the music and talent is overshadowed by the ambitions and egos of the artists. It becomes a case of style over the substance, leaving many artists caught up in the dog eat dog world of show business. In particular, in a digital age of reality TV and disposable music, the concept of a star has been demystified and to stand out from the crowd and being original has become a more difficult task. Music has become even more focused on making money and lining the pockets of fat cats, rather than the sheer value and craftsmanship of music. Moreover, with a shortage of music programmes, music has become less disconnected with youth culture and more fragmented, which has stripped away its power and collective voice.

A charming documentary about a still ongoing chapter in not-quite-popular music...