Upside Down: The Creation Records Story (2010)




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Over a quarter of a century since it began and a decade after it folded, this is a documentary about Creation Records, one of the world's most successful and colourful independant labels. This however is far more than a run of the mill music documentary, this is the story of the rock and roll dream and its accompanying nightmares.
Art House & International , Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for Upside Down: The Creation Records Story

All Critics (7)

Debutant director O'Connor's lively documentary goes some way to capturing the eclectic and eccentric nature of the label's management and recording artists.

Full Review… | September 14, 2011

It's entertainingly riotous, though as a film, its print-the-legend approach could have used a few dissenting voices to balance out the rampant mythmaking.

Full Review… | May 1, 2011

With a talking-heads format, it's pretty trad to look at, but as a slice of pop culture history, it's never less than fascinating.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011

A little messy at times, like McGee himself, but just right for nostalgics.

April 28, 2011
London Evening Standard

O'Connor captures the hedonistic mood of a particular time - although anyone who wasn't there might find it a bit impenetrable.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
Radio Times

It's a rise and fall story (of course) and between the no-nonsense interviewees and the wealth of footage, a vivid and moving one.

Full Review… | April 27, 2011
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for Upside Down: The Creation Records Story

Really great documentary for serious music lovers and those that, in particular, enjoyed the pinkish, alternative scene from England during the 80's and early 90's.

Tracy Fortenberry
Tracy Fortenberry

Documentary about Creation records. Possibly only of interest to people who listened to shoegaze back in the day. Or who liked Oasis, as it is Oasis heavy towards the end. Personally, I was about ready to turn it off by this point. This follows the story of Alan McGee more than anything, but there are people of interest interviewed. Quite a bit of Bobby Gillespie, Jim Reid and Mark Gardner, (unrecognizable), to name a few. Telescopes are barely touched and Slowdive not at all except a brief shot of the Souvlaki cover. This was a pleasant walk down memory lane, but there should have been more on other bands - I guess it's 1.40 run time was too brief to be properly extensive.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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