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 will stage its World Premiere in competition at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival in Austin Texas in March. The film is competing 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.