It’s been the biggest question on every Oasis fan’s lips since they split in 2009 - will the band ever reunite?

But for Liam Gallagher, it seems that the main issue on his mind is whether he will ever reunite with his brother, Noel.

Since they parted ways, the estranged siblings are not ones to shy away from taking a public pop at each other - and can often be quite venomous with it.

But movie director Charlie Lightening, who spent a decade with Liam to chart his comeback in new documentary As It Was, says the reason for his digs at his big brother is simply because he misses him.

“I think with all this speak of them getting back together, Liam’s saying - it’s not about us being Oasis, it’s about us being brothers and getting on,” Charlie said.

Noel Gallagher and Liam Galllagher at Wembley Stadium to promote their new album 'Dig out Your Soul' in 2008

“They’re a family, they’re brothers. He knows what has been said between them. He loves his brother. That’s why he constantly berates Noel. He misses him.”

While the issue of their feud will never go away, Charlie, 42, was determined that the documentary about the rocker’s rise back to the top was not going to be ‘Noel bashing’ - but of course, for the purpose of disclosure, they couldn’t ignore the elephant in the room.

“You could very easily make a Liam Gallagher film and slag off Noel, but I was not interested in doing that kind of film,” said Charlie. “The Noel thing is there, of course, but essentially it’s a film about Liam.

From left, Liam and Noel in 1977

“What people don’t realise is, Liam’s really funny, he’s a joker, he likes to make people laugh and tell stories,” said Charlie. “He’s engaging in that way. He’s also sensitive and caring. He will always ask about how your family are doing.

“When we are in his mum’s house in the film, he takes me upstairs to his bedroom - no one has really done that before. I asked him in the house, it’s a shame you’re not talking to your brother. He says - 'it’s not the Waltons, is it?'

Stills from Liam Gallager: As It Was

“He says at one point, ‘Noel is a massive c***, I’m still a c***’. He’s not trying to be someone else, he’s just Liam. We didn’t make the film to create a better public perception in a contrived kind of way. It’s come from an honest place.”

 

A lifelong Oasis fan, Charlie, from Sale, met the band while creating music videos with Kasabian. After being invited to a party which saw Liam spend the night performing songs on his acoustic guitar, the pair became friends.

“For someone who actually does not do very much on stage - he’s not a Mick Jagger, moving about - he just stands there and stares out at the crowd and they go mental,” said Charlie.

“Someone said his voice has the softness of John Lennon and the punk of John Lydon. They’re right - and when he sings that he is a rock and roll star, he believes it.

Stills from Liam Gallager: As It Was

“Another thing that he has this amazing knack of taking Noel’s songs and know what it means to him, and interpret them in a brilliant way.”

After Oasis split and Liam formed Beady Eye, he brought Charlie on board to make his music videos.

When they disbanded in 2014 following a rather lukewarm reception, Liam found himself at what many would call rock bottom.

The tabloid press has always loved to hate the singer, and has long enjoyed chronicling his antics away from the stage - but for the first time in his life, he was receiving negativity about his music.

But it was his love for his craft and support from his family, including girlfriend Debbie Gwyther, Lennon, his son from his marriage to Patsy Kensit, and Gene, from his marriage to Nicole Appleton, that Liam found his voice as a solo artist.

Liam’s debut solo record As You Were was released in 2017 and received both critical and commercial success - reaching number one in the album charts.

Family moments feature quite a bit in the film - along with a surprise appearance by Liam’s daughter Molly, 22 (from his relationship with singer Lisa Moorish) who he only met for the first time 12 months ago - and you can tell that despite any past issues, they seem to be pretty tight now.

Charlie said: “That’s the most important thing to him - Debbie and the kids. If you think of the constant barrage he’s always had from the tabloids, when things weren’t happening for him, it’s not like he was all morose and depressed. He just got on with it.

Liam Gallagher - As It Was screengrab

“I think the process of what he’s done and how he’s done it has been a real journey. I’m really pleased he’s back to where he is, you can’t take away from him, he’s got a great solo album. He always puts himself down about being a songwriter, but he’s proved that he can do it.

“I definitely think that despite it not setting off, doing Beady Eye helped with his growing into the solo stuff. His headspace wasn’t there when Oasis split up, but it’s there now.”

Perhaps the beginning of his climb back to the top was aided by his heartfelt reaction to the Manchester Arena attack two years ago when he - literally - dropped everything to fly over to his home city for the One Love Manchester benefit concert.

“What many people don’t know is, he originally had a show on a Sunday evening, he was headlining a festival in Germany,” said Charlie. “He wanted to do the concert so he spoke to the organisers and arranged to do a Sunday afternoon slot, well down the bill, so that he had the time to fly over to Manchester.

“He did the gig then flew straight back out to Europe for another concert. When it happened he said to Debbie, if they do something, I definitely want to be part of it.”

As It Was has its world premiere in cinemas on Thursday, June 6, along with an exclusive live performance from Liam broadcast across the UK from London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre.

Buy tickets from www.liamgallagher.film.