Paramount + has picked up rights to Black Dog Films’ Oasis Knebworth 1996 feature documentary directed by Jake Scott.

The film is told through the eyes of the concert-goers and features extensive and never-before-seen archive concert and backstage footage, plus interviews with the band and event organizers.

Director Jake Scott has described it as “a story driven entirely by the music, a rock’n’roll experience, told in the moment, like a visual stream-of-consciousness that is built around the extensive archive footage from the event”.

Noel Gallagher and Liam Gallagher are executive producers.

The film will release in cinemas later this year timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Knebworth concerts. It will then air in territories with Paramount +; elsewhere it will screen on MTV.

Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming and Events, ViacomCBS and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount+ said: “ViacomCBS has a long and storied history with Oasis dating back to their infamous performance on MTV Unplugged and unforgettable appearances on MTV’s The Jon Stewart Show and 120 Minutes. This film will give Paramount+ and MTV audiences an all-access pass into these iconic concerts that defined an era and catapulted Oasis to legendary status.”

Paramount + will launch in the UK in 2022. The service is actively looking to find and commission content from UK producers. Channel 5 commissioners will handle pitches from producers.

Oasis Knebworth 1996 is financed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment and will be released theatrically by Trafalgar Releasing.

Pippa Considine

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