George Hencken :: Five working class lads, soul boys and failed punks reborn as feather-fettled new romantics. From the days of Blitz to the first #1s, from “To cut a long story short” to Spandaumania, Live Aid, fatigue and collapse, lawsuits and a bitter ending. An emotional adventure. *IMPORTANT NOTE: The session taking place on Monday 27th (Special Session with the presence of all the members of the band) is not included in the Basic, Medium and Large Vouchers. To attend, single ticket is required." />

Spandau Ballet: Soul Boys Of the Western World

United Kingdom / 106 min. / 2014 / English



Five working class lads, soul boys and failed punks reborn as feather-fettled new romantics. From the days of Blitz to the first #1s, from “To cut a long story short” to Spandaumania, Live Aid, fatigue and collapse, lawsuits and a bitter ending. An emotional adventure.


*IMPORTANT NOTE: The session taking place on Monday 27th (Special Session with the presence of all the members of the band) is not included in the Basic, Medium and Large Vouchers. To attend, single ticket is required.

 

One can get all worked up about Spandau Ballet - as demonstrated by this excellent summary of its journey. Soul Boys Of The Western World has the one thing that's conspicuously absent from the '80s nostalgia programmes: context and vision. This is a film without clichés or cheap headlines. A documentary that oozes enthusiasm and finally returns Spandau Ballet to the podium they deserve. The band members appear one by one, telling it their way, and it's impossible not to get swept away by the anticipation and euphoria. Five working class lads from Islington, sons of the '60s, soul boys and failed punks reborn as feather-fettled new romantics, as painted phoenixes. First surprise: you'll like them. Stick with the sensation of triumph and potential of the early years, and within a heartbeat you'll be cheering for these badmouthed kids that just wanted to have a good time. The film doesn't shy away from class issues, and a vast majority of the action takes place against a working class backdrop, including the garb "it's a working class tradition. You can trace its roots back to the mods"). From the days of Blitz to the first #1s, from "To cut a long story short" to Spandaumanía, world tours, Live Aid, fatigue and collapse, lawsuits and a bitter ending. But the story lives on. Like the songs. 


The premiere of the documentary coincides with the release of their latest album, The Story, on sale from October 14th, and wich includes three new songs, as well as all their Hits. You can listen to it clicking here 

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Details
Subtitles
VOSE


Showing format

Participation
in festivals
Rome Film Festival, CPH:DOX, DOC NYC, Sheffield Doc Fest

Leadings
Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Steve Norman

Editor(s)

Sound designer
Dan Johnson, Bernard O'Reilly


Film company
Wellingmax

Film distributor
Metro Entertainment

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