Sideline’s Citizens of Boomtown (The Story of The Boomtown Rats) for BMG Films and BeyondTNC TX BBC Two Saturday, May 23rd

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Sideline’s Citizens of Boomtown (The Story of The Boomtown Rats) for BMG Films and BeyondTNC  TX BBC Two Saturday, May 23rd

 “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



to the Memory of

Nigel Grainge


Billy McGrath


Billy McGrath –  Stuart Souter



For BMG  Alistair Norbury , Korda Marshall, Justus Haerder\

BeyondTNC      Bill Lord



Pamela Lee 


Eoin Sweeney


Ken O’Mahony



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



Mike Quinn


DUBBING MIXER                           

Killian Fitzgerald



Mark Quinn




Hartwig Masuch.    


Michael Murphy


Mark Cowz 

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

Dave Stewart

Clem Burke


Andrea Caslin  (USA)


CAMERA ASSISTANTS                       

Brian Holland (Ireland)

Jack Jennings (UK)

Christian Kline (USA)

Conor Waters (Ireland

GRAPHICS   Anna K Wright  Marc Sherwin



 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



Johnny Coughlin (USA)

Kevin Lee Brown (UK)

Brian Moore (Ireland)


SOUND RECORDIST (Ireland)            

Finny Byrne



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

Video form 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 Dolls

Published 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

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