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Stadium Anthems

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8.01 h 39 min201816+
A raunchy-smart music industry satire, this mockumentary lampoons clueless male entertainment industry executives in a #MeToo world. To save his record label, rock and roll talent man Pete Barnacle agrees to manufacture high gloss pop stars. As he grows desperate, his encounter with art teacher and muse Heroine Jones energizes him. But can he save the label when the industry itself is broken?
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Supporting actors
Elizabeth RoseKayden Kross
Producers
Molly MayeuxScott Douglas Brown
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Indie Rights
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Prime Video (streaming online video)
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Available to watch on supported devices

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4.7 out of 5 stars

9 global ratings

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JulystyleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic indie gem
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The first thing coming to mind, already when watching the trailer, was "This is Spinal Tap", one of my absolut favourites. This, combined with a female lead is therefore everything I could be hoping for :)

I think the witty characters are portrayed really well, kudos to the actors! The film is funny and thanks to the awesome soundtrack becomes memorable entertainment. Good directing - a gem of indie filmmaking. Worth watching.
GrimsqueekerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The music is great too!
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Stadium Anthems is a wonderfully irreverent and satirical reflection of today’s music industry. The characterization and comic style reminded me of the series The Office and if that type of comedy appeals to you there is much here that you will enjoy.

The cinematography is excellent and the intelligent script is fast paced, witty and entertaining. The characters are not exactly likeable but they are relatable and credible enough that I found myself engaged throughout.

The music is great too!
RoseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 February 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very entertaining
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Great indie film, full of humor. It depicts the world of the music industry we may think we know, but really don’t. Transgression is apparent, topical in the metoo era. Behaviours are what one expect, nevertheless the characters are very well built and I ended up being intrigued even if I could not feel great sympathy for some of them. Overall absolutely entertaining!
Vanessa PellegrinReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 March 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very satirical and enjoyable
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Good satire on the music industry. Good piece to watch.
Leonar ArturReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A visual soundtrack in your mind
This is a great movie in so many ways and with many layers. It takes on the male-dominated, corporate music industry, that can be related to many other industries. The movie has in-depth character development drawing into memorable female characters. The dialogue is deep, intelligent and funny. The cinematography is impeccable, but it was the directing style that blew me away. This, because director Brown builds up the story in a poetic and harmonic way that will keep you on board through the whole story. The original music will tune in your head with great vibes. This indie gem is highly recommended.
PauricReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 February 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Witty characters and strong satirical writing- a must see
What we have here is a fantastic film with witty well drawn stereotypes from the music industry. The fast paced and satirical writing makes this a movie that delivers on every level.
The cast are fantastic with a strong female lead who guides us through the emotions and egos of the music industry. Her introduction sets her up as a ‘I’ve heard your BS lines before’ and ‘I ain’t buying it’ strong type of character. The rest of the cast while sometimes unlikable still keep you watching and waiting to see how it ends.
A strong mockumentary and well worth watching.
EIRINI KONSTANTINIDOUReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 November 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The show must go on! Funny and thought provoking rock/mockumentary about the music industry
Stadium Anthems is clearly Scott Douglas Brown’s love letter to his favourite music bands and singers that are by now classic icons of a pre-internet era and who had a completely different approach to their fanbase and the way they approached their art compared to many contemporary musicians or bands. The film is a comedy about the ins and outs of the music industry and how it operates in a post-internet era and though it reveals the cynicism of the industry and how at the end of the day is a profit-driven business it does explore the nostalgia and honest interest in the art behind the music and the truthful love of the musicians for their craft.
The film combines rockumentary or mockumentary aesthetics with talking head interviews which were very informative while staying true to the comedy element of the film and they were interlinked with several quotes from famous musicians and singers that offer us the context. I personally loved these interviews and while they were entertaining I felt like I was getting an insight of how the industry has changed due to the internet and how that has affected the artists apart from the record labels.
The film follows two different storylines that they eventually converge, on one hand the record label executives that represent two sides of the same coin. We get the profit focused executive but also the one who truly believes in the art itself and hopes to find the next real thing that isn’t just a fad as they did with Warren Paradise in the past before he lost his edge and true interest in the music. And then we have Heroine who really appreciates all different kind of art forms (including painting apart from music) and is shown as a dedicated music fan who has a real connection to the medium and as her name dictates comes to save the day!
The film is very well made and successfully combines very good acting as well as use of cinematography and visual language that enhance the mockumentary and comedy style alike. Overall, Stadium Anthems is a very entertaining, funny and at the same time informative and well thought through film that can strike a chord with anyone who is involved or interested in the arts or loves music and wants to get a different insight in that world.
John RichardsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 December 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Funny and thought-provoking
At face value, this is a film that pokes fun at the music business. But there really is so much more depth to it. There's some great music, but the real meat of the film is its philosophical exploration of whether commercial art and music actually have a value. Definitely something to ponder between the laughs.
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