Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2014, George Hencken, UK, 110 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, May 15th 8:30pm
  • Sat, May 16th 8:00pm
  • Mon, May 18th 8:15pm
  • Wed, May 20th 8:30pm
First Chicago run!

“Who'd have thunk the life and times of casual popsters Spandau Ballet could be so entertaining?...A funny, absorbing, trivia-filled portrait of friendship, the ’80s music biz and bad hair.”
— Ian Freer, Empire

Remember Spandau Ballet? The fop five with the grisly name (look it up) and the groovy threads jostled Duran Duran and Ultravox in the forefront of the New Romantic movement that succeeded Punk and flooded early MTV with flamboyant fashions and dreamy synth sounds. In her directing debut, longtime Julien Temple producer Hencken draws upon a wealth of superb archive footage and voiceover narration by all five Spands to trace the band’s North London working-class origins, key personalities (including Thatcherite lead singer Tony Hadley and now-renowned actor Martin Kemp), big hits (“True,” “Gold”), rivalry with Duran Duran, breakup, lawsuits, and tension-fraught reunion. DCP digital. (MR)

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