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Soul Boys of the Western World
Archived: Soul Boys of the Western World (2014)

director: George Hencken

With: Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Steve Norman, a.o.

duration: 102 minutes
Docs , Documentary, Biography

Sound and Vision
Film Fest Gent - Soul Boys of the Western World

SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD is a journey through the 1980s and beyond; the story of a band, an era and how one small gathering of outsiders in London shaped the entire world's view of music and fashion. The film is not only a fascinating, often hard-hitting social and cultural document of the time, but a brutally honest story of how friendships can be won, lost and ultimately regained. George Hencken's directorial debut tells the story of the meteoric rise and fall and ultimate reunion of Spandau Ballet, the 80s pop sensation, recounted by the band members themselves. Mark Adams, ScreenDaily, describes it as "an absorbing and insightful delve into how the band defined the post-punk UK music scene and went on to be an international phenomenon". Spandau Ballet are one of Britain's great iconic bands having sold over 25 million records, scored numerous multi-platinum albums and amassed 23 hit singles across the globe since their humble beginnings as a group of friends with dreams of stardom in the late 1970s. It wasn't long before they became fully fledged members of the iconic Blitz Club scene and established themselves as one of the super-groups of the 80s. After two decades apart, the band reformed in 2009, embarking on a sold-out tour. SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD marks the first time their story has been documented on film.

Thursday 23 October Spandau Ballet joins documentary 'Soul Boys of the Western World' with a performance in Vooruit. THAT MUCH IS TRUE!

Legendary band Spandau Ballet (known from hits like 'True' 'Gold', 'Through The Barricades' and many more) will come with a drama documentary featuring only archive footage and an exclusive live set to Vooruit during Film Fest Gent! After the screening of docu 'Soul Boys of the Western World' Spandau Ballet will take over the scene of the Theaterhall for their first performance ever in Ghent and their first Belgian performance since 2010.

Ticket sales start on 27 September on this website. Film Fest Friends can book their tickets from September 24th onwards.


director: George Hencken
producer: Steve Dagger
screenplay: George Hencken
Editor: Chris Duveen
sound: Dan Johnson

production company: Wellingmax

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: Dutch subt.
Country: United Kingdom
year: 2014

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GEORGE HENCKEN: Soul Boys of the Western World (2014)

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format: DCP

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