Chief is set to release a feature-length documentary on the band Blossoms, titled Back to Stockport.
Chief director Charlie Watts is a long-term collaborator with Blossoms and has also been behind several of the band’s music videos, including for How Long Will This Last? from the 2018 album Cool Like You. The feature-length documentary will be released on Amazon Prime Video on 8 November and will launch as a 24-hour premiere on YouTube on 7 November at 8pm GMT here.
Back to Stockport focuses on Blossoms’ headline show at Stockport County FC’s 15,000 capacity Edgeley Park stadium on 22 June 2019. Alongside live footage of favourites from across the band’s catalogue, the film includes individual interviews with each band member, as well as extensive and candid behind-the-scenes access.
Speaking about the documentary, Blossoms said: “We’ve worked with Charlie on and off since the band started really, so when the opportunity to make something together surrounding the homecoming show in Stockport came about, we jumped at the chance. We think he’s really captured the spirit of the band and, being a friend, he was able to get the natural moments you don’t normally see in a band documentary. We love the film and hope you do too.”
Watts added: “This is a project that has been very close to my heart for the last 18 months. Given my personal relationship with the band and the town itself, it was hugely important to me that the film delivered.
“I’ve been filming the lads since they started out, so it has been surreal to see their rise to such success – but not surprising. To be able to make a film about them playing a sold-out show in our hometown of Stockport was something I’ll never forget. I think the film gives an intimate insight into the amazing bond and togetherness this band has. They grew up as best friends and it really does show on the screen.”
The film went into production in early 2019. Producer Luke Filz and editor Ian Mclaughlin worked tirelessly alongside director Watts to ensure this first feature-length documentary from the Salford production company was an absolute winner.
Chief has produced music videos for Blossoms previously, so it already had an existing relationship, but this film helped to gain unabridged insight into the band members’ personal lives and what made the gig special to them.
Filz commented: “It was a pleasure to be able to document this huge milestone in their career and we look forward to seeing the Blossoms grow and grow each year.”
Chief executive officer Colin Offland stated: “Back to Stockport was a fantastic team effort from everyone at Chief, with Charlie at the helm directing. Along with our work making ads and music videos, we try and produce at least one or two documentaries a year on subjects we are passionate about. With Charlie being good friends with Blossoms from his Stockport roots, their homecoming gig felt like a perfect opportunity to back Charlie on his first feature doc. I’m sure their fans and non-fans alike will love the final film.”