Hark to the tale of Alan McGee, self-described “wee ginger tool from Glasgow” and one of the most important figures in the history of, well, at least British music and arguably the global groove diaspora.
Directed by actor-turned-director Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and adapted from McGee’s 2013 autobiography by Dean Cavanagh and Irvine Welsh, Creation Stories follows McGee (here played with charm and vigour by Ewen Bremner) on his journey from slum kid to music mogul and back again – and then back again, what with the real world McGee still being a major music industry player.
It’s pretty rote stuff, really. The ur-example of this kind of fourth-wall-breaking, myth-making, self-deprecating music movie portraiture is Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People (2002), which saw Steve Coogan as Factory Records honcho Tony Wilson and charted a similarly haphazard, true-ish course through Manchester’s music scene over roughly the same period Creation Stories covers. Here we get Bremner as McGee, Creation Records instead of Factory Records, and a story that traces similar territory with a less ambitious hand.