The former 1980s band Spandau Ballet reunited at the Cannes Film Festival to promote the documentary “Soul Boys of the Western World”.
The film documents the journey through the 1980s at the height of the bandâ€™s career whilst changing societyâ€™s view on music and fashion. The band members Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Steve Norman, Martin and Gary Kemp, formed in London in the late 1970s and continued on to receive great success. The band sold over 25 million records including numerous multi-platinum albums and 23 hit singles including â€˜To Cut A Long Story Short,’ â€˜Trueâ€™ and â€˜Gold.
Soul Boys of the Western WorldÂ tells a story of hard-hitting, social and cultural document that was generated at the time of the bandâ€™s success. The film demonstrates a brutally honest story of how friendship can be won, lost and ultimately regained.
Soul Boys of the Western WorldÂ received its world premiere In Competition at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas in March to rave reviews. The filmâ€™s director, George Hencken, won acclaim from US audiences for her honest and moving archive-only feature documentary alongside unseen footage and the bandâ€™s personal documents; as well as exclusive interviews with all five band members
Spandau Ballet split up in 1990 but reformed back in 2009 with a sold out tour.