Watch a Trailer for Career-Spanning Mogwai Doc 'If the Stars Had a Sound'

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jan 11, 2024

A new Mogwai documentary will premiere at SXSW this March, and the feature on the acclaimed Scottish post-rockers now has a trailer.

Filmed and directed by Antony Crook, If the Stars Had a Sound will follow Mogwai from their beginnings in the mid-'90s to the writing and rehearsing of Mercury Prize-nominated tenth LP As the Love Continues, which arrived in 2021. The trailer, which you can view below, features narration of how the band's native Scotland has punched above its weight creatively as a country of five million people.

Director Crook is a longtime collaborator of Mogwai, providing photography for their 2011 album Hardcore Will Never Die, but You Will, companion EP Earth Division and 2012 remix album A Wrenched Virile Lore.

"We're incredibly excited for people to see Antony's film If the Stars Had a Sound," Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite said in a press release. "It originally started as a short film around leaving Scotland to record in upstate New York in early 2020 but when the pandemic happened that all changed. Both ourselves and Antony persevered with the record and the film throughout the pandemic with the film growing throughout. Antony's film tells the story of how we all came out the other side. I think he's made something truly special."

Band co-founder Braithwaite released memoir Spaceships Over Glasgow in 2022.

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