Citizens of Boomtown RTE/BBC 2020

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After spending most of 2019 filming in Ireland, the UK, and the USA Sideline’s feature-length film Citizens of Boomtown received its world premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival in March 2020, days before lockdown. It later aired in 2 parts on RTE and in May 2020 as a 90-minute film in the prestigious BBC2 IMAGINE slot.  Below is a sample of the press reaction plus credit where credit is due.


Citizens of Boomtown – a sample of what the critics said about Sideline’s Citizens of Boomtown 


“An extraordinary and compelling story brilliantly told”

The Today Show BBC Radio 4


“…one of the most dramatic and compelling narratives in modern music”.

Irish Times – Preview


 ‘Fascinating documentary .. packed full of great interviews. Well worth your time’

Daily Telegraph – Preview


“..this film, packed with famous faces, demonstrates that the Rats were pretty cool’

The Guardian – Preview


“..a thunderously enjoyable postcard from the past’..

Daily Telegraph


‘..a propulsive tale of Boom and bust – and improbable resurgence’

Radio Times – Preview


‘A great rock’ n’roll yarn … rattles along furiously with a dangerous gleam in its eyes’.

Irish Times


‘’ exhaustive story … interesting, engaging, insightful’

The Times


‘Pick of the Day’

The Daily Mail (and 5 other national UK media titles)


‘well curated delight … absolutely fascinating story’

The Sun


‘A cut above the usual BBC rock doc … a terrific film’

The Times


Credit to all





to the Memory of

Nigel Grainge


DIRECTOR                                                          Billy McGrath



PRODUCERS                                                    Billy McGrath

                                                                        Stuart Souter


EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS                        Hartwig Masuch

For BMG                                                     Alistair Norbury

                     Korda Marshall

                      Justus Haerder


BeyondTNC                                                        Bill Lord


PRODUCTION MANAGER                   Pamela Lee


ARCHIVE PRODUCER                           Eoin Sweeney





SENIOR EDITOR                                  Michael O’Sullivan




Pete Briquette

Simon Crowe

Bob Geldof

Garry Roberts


Gerry Cott

Johnny Fingers


Darren Beale

Alan Dunn


POST PRODUCTION                  Highwire TV/Film (Dublin)


ASSISTANT EDITOR                     Ruth McLoughlin


SUPERVISOR/EDITOR                         Mike Quinn


DUBBING MIXER                            Killian Fitzgerald







BMG                                                    Hartwig Masuch.    


BEYOND TNC                          Michael Murphy


KRUGER COWNE                                 Mark Cowne

          Maya Yglesias


Liam Teeling


Roger Waters


Maire Kearney

Jeanne Marine


GUESTS                                   Order of appearance



Neil McCormick

Joseph O’Connor

Diarmaid Ferriter

Eoin Devereux

Roy Foster

Niall Stokes

Dave Fanning


Alan McGee

Charles Shaar Murray

Sinead O’Connor

David Fricke

Paul Gambaccini

Jools Holland

David Mallet

Paul Rappaport

Clem Burke

(no gap) Dave Stewart




CAMERA ASSISTANTS                 Brian Holland (Ireland)

Jack Jennings (UK)

Christian Kline (USA)

Conor Waters (Ireland


GRAPHICS                                           Anna K Wright

Marc Sherwin


LEGAL SERVICES           Luke Gornell/Kami Naghd (Clintons Sols) for BMG

Ciaran Maguire (Simon McAleese Sols) for Sideline

James Mathews (BeyondTNC)


PUBLICITY                                           Sean Harris


PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT              Joe O’Sullivan


LIBRARY MUSIC                                  West One Music


ORIGINAL MUSIC                                Pete Briquette



                                                         Kevin Lee Brown (UK)

          Brian Moore (Ireland)


SOUND RECORDIST (Ireland)             Finny Byrne


EXTRA CONTENT/DIRECTORS     Nick Franco (1185 Films)

                                                     John Maguire TV

                                                      Hamish MacDonald (h808 Films)


ARCHIVE SOURCES                


Band Aid Trust.

BBC Motion Gallery/Getty Images

BMG Films

Channel 4

Eagle Vision

Bob Geldof Archive

Goldcrest Films

Bob Gruen Photography

IFI Irish Film Archive

ITV Archive


Radio Télévision Suisse

Radio Bremen distributed by Studio Hamburg

Perpetual Motion Pictures, Australia

Reelin’ in the Years Productions

RTE Archive

Universal Music

Vanderquest Ltd

Videoform Pictures



ARCHIVE CONSULTANT (UK)     Keren Greenwell


ARCHIVE RESEARCH               Sam McGrath


All reasonable efforts were made to source & credit  copyright holders


NIGHT SHOOT (Dublin)                                 


MASKED ‘GIMP’                       David McSavage

ART DIRECTOR                               Noel McEntee

MAKEUP & HAIR STYLIST              Jennifer Keogh

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT                  Ciara Scullion



Lookin’ After No.1, Mary Of The 4th Form, Joey’s On The Street Again, (She’s Gonna) Do You In, Kicks, Close As You’ll Ever Be, Don’t Believe What You Read, Rat Trap, Someone’s Looking At You, (I Never Loved) Eva Braun, Me And Howard Hughes, Blues Away, Neon Heart, My Talking Fall Down, Never In A Million Years, Nice N Neat, Whitehall 1212, Nothing Happened Today, In Code, The Elephants Graveyard, Hold Of Me, Tonight, Up All Night, Trash Glam Baby,


All Above Written by Bob Geldof                                            Published by Mute Song

Courtesy of Universal Music Operations


She’s So Modern & I Don’t Like Mondays

Written by Bob Geldof/John Moylett.    Published by Mute Song/Universal Music  Courtesy of Universal Music Operations


Having My Picture Taken                 

Written by Bob Geldof/Pete Briquette

Published by Mute Song/Pete Briquette Courtesy of Universal Music Operations


Like Clockwork          

Written by Bob Geldof/Pete Briquette/Simon Crowe

Published by Mute Song /Pete Briquette/Simon Crowe

Courtesy of Universal Music Operations



Written by Simon Crowe/Roberts/John Moylett/Bob Geldof/Pete Briquette

Published by NOB Music/Copyright Control/Mute Song

Courtesy of Universal Music Operations



Written by Robert Parker                             Performed by The Boomtown Rats

Published by Kobalt.                                     Courtesy of Universal Music Operations


Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Going)       

Written by Barbara Ozen                              Performed by The Rolling Stones

Published by Jamie Music Publishing.      Courtesy of BMG


Mama’s Roses

Written by John Maccauley                          Performed by Big Tom & The Mainliners

Published by Four Roads Music                 Courtesy of Big Tom Prods Ltd.


You Fascists Are Bound To Lose                   

Written by Woody Guthrie                              Performed by Woody Guthrie

Published by SonyATV Music                       Courtesy of Warner Music


She Does It Right       

Written by Wilko Johnson      Performed by Dr Feelgood     Published by EMI


Anarchy In the UK     

Written by John Lydon/Glen Matlock/Stephen Jones/Paul Cook

Performed by The Sex Pistols Published by Warner Chappell/Universal

Courtesy of Universal Music Operations


Personality Crisis       

Written by Johnny Thunders/David Johansen           Performed by New York DollsPublished by Warner Chappell/EMI


Blitzkrieg Bop

Written by Johnny Ramone/Tommy Ramone/Dee Dee Ramone/Joey Ramone

Performed by The Ramones                                            Published by Warner Chappell



Written by Gordon Sumner                                              Performed by The Police

Published by Gordon Sumner


Fade To Grey 

Written by Midge Ure/William Currie/Christopher Payne

Performed by Visage                                           Published by Universal Music/Kassner

Courtesy of Universal Music Operations


Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2

Performed by Pink Floyd                                           Written by Roger Waters

Published by BMG Rights Management                  © 1999 Pink Floyd Music

Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Written by Bob Geldof/Midge Ure                           Performed by Band Aid

Published by Chappell Music                          Courtesy of Universal Music Operations


We Are The World

Written by Michael Jackson/Lionel Richie.         Performed by USA For Africa

Published by Sony Music/Concord Music/Kobalt Music     Courtesy of Sony Music


Radio Gaga

Written by Roger Taylor         Performed by Queen       Published by EMI Music



Written by Larry Mullen/Adam Clayton/Paul Hewson/Dave Evans

Performed by U2                                                                      Published by Universal


Pale White Girls & The Great Song of Indifference

Written & written by Bob Geldof                                          Published by Mute Song

Courtesy of Universal Music Operations


The Boomtown Rats                                                 

Written by Bob Geldof/Pete Briquette             Published by Mute Song/© Control.           Courtesy of Universal Music Operations



                                                       BMG London and New York

David Harris – Universal Music Ireland

Razib Chatterjee, Vicky Moran, Tommy Doyle – RTÉ Archives

Jill S Sinclair – Band Aid Trust (London)

 Jo Cadman/Maurice Todman (PMP Aus)

BP Fallon

Dick Conroy – DVD Centre (Dublin)

Mill Street Studios (Dublin)

Larry Bass – Shinawil Productions

Grainne McAleer & Conor Sweeney  (RTE)

Dublin International Film Festival  





City Of Boomtown Logo


Produced by Sideline Productions


Distributed by BeyondTNC


Post-Production – High Wire


     © BMG Films 2020