"Wonderfully told... an absorbing and insightful delve into how the band defined the post-punk music scene. Succeeds wonderfully in charting the band’s rise to stardom." - Screen International
Listed as one of the "Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2014." - Rolling Stone
"Brings you right back to that moment when guys with great bangs could impress." - Rolling Stone
"...Uses archival footage only, tracing the quintet from their youth in working-class London to forming the band." - Billboard
"George Hencken does a deft job of bringing Spandau's heyday to life." - Blackbook
"looks at the band's incredible career going back to their working class roots." - Coming Soon
"Fascinating...it’s quite the story...it’s like traveling back in time...a nostalgic time capsule ...an absolute must-see for those fans of the band." - Film Threat
"...the British band causing most of a sensation in SXSW." - BBC
"...among the most talked about acts at the Austin film and music festival - and for good reason" - Hollywood Reporter
"Spandau Ballet documentary rings 'True' ...a fascinating case study in group dynamics." - Mercury News
"Soul Boys Of The Western World Is Amazing." - Popdust
"Spandau Ballet Finally Returns To The U.S." - Huffington Post
"...a new career-spanning documentary." - Big Story
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.
At the heart of it all was Spandau Ballet, five friends who epitomised the early 80s London scene and became one of the decade's most iconic bands with the world at their feet. 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.
Soul Boys of the Western World staged its World Premiere in competition at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival in Austin Texas in March. The film was in competition in the 24 Beats Section of the Festival.
Directed by long-time Julien Temple producer, George Hencken, her archive-only feature documentary combines newsreel footage of the time with unseen video from the band's home movies, along with long lost material newly discovered. The film takes us into the heart of the era and the cultural, political and personal landscape that formed the backdrop to the band's story. A successor to Temple’s The Filth and The Fury and its depiction of punk era Britain, Soul Boys of the Western World is what happened next, the first on screen document of 1980s culture.
The film will not only speak to fans of the band but to a whole new audience whom were not even born in the 80s. This is the real story of the time, from the DIY glamour and glitz reaction of The Blitz Club to the daily grime of the constant strikes and hardship the UK faced.
Featuring music from throughout the band’s career, from their very first demos to songs recorded after their reformation, as well as music by their peers and influences, Soul Boys of the Western World lets the viewer inside the bubble of what life was really like to be a global pop superstar and what that can do to life-long friendships.
Spandau Ballet have sold over 25 million records, scored numerous multi platinum albums and 23 hit singles. They reformed in 2009 to great critical and popular acclaim for a sold out tour and are now making their first foray into the film world.