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George Hencken, Soul Boys of the Western World, 2014

Soul Boys of the Western World

4 Oct 20147 Oct 2014

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.

This documentary 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.

Soul Boys of The Western World - Official Trailer

Soul Boys of the Western World, dir. George Hencken, UK 2014, 110 mins, cert. 12A

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