Soul Boys of the Western World +Spandau Ballet Live by Satellite Cert. 15 Picture house at FACT

  • Released2014
  • Running time110 minutes
  • DirectorGeorge Hencken
  • GenreDocumentary

This European Premiere screening will be followed by a Q&A live via satellite from the Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Lauren Laverne, with Spandau Ballet and director George Hencken. The evening will end with a special live performance by the band of their anthems which were the soundtrack to a generation.

Of all the extravagantly clothed and coiffed New Romantics dancing on the grave of punk’s bratty dissonance, Spandau Ballet were the most flamboyant and, with a string of hit singles and albums, arguably also the movement’s commercial giants.

George Hencken’s much-anticipated documentary wisely lets Martin and Gary Kemp, Tony Hadley and the rest of the band directly recount their rise from working-class Islington roots to the excesses of “champagne, cocaine and adrenalin” which preceded, if not ultimately caused, their demise in 1990.

The film doesn’t shy away from the acrimony and legal battles that accompanied the band’s split and touches on the Kemp brothers’ acting careers and Hadley’s solo efforts, before their triumphant reunion tour in 2009. Archive footage and a welcome dollop of amused self-deprecation add considerably to its retro appeal.

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