“We had the idea because we have a good story and the story has a real arc,” says Gary Kemp, Spandau Ballet’s chief songwriter and guitarist. “It’s about friendship, kids who come from the shadows of the second World War growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, a period of great rock music from David Bowie and glam rock. They go through the whole punk experience and then had the experience of the whole New Romantic scene of working class kids dressing up and doing things that were outrageous against a recession.”
From there they start scoring hits, 10 top 10s in the U.K. and their signature song, “True,” a No. 4 hit in the U.S. in 1983. They break up in 1990, wind up in court with Kemp on one side and three bandmates on the other. Then four years ago, they bury the animosity and reunite.
In the last quarter of the movie that’s all archival footage and voiceover, Kemp says, “we’re quite hateful toward each other, but there’s redemption so the film ends on a good note.”
Much of the footage has never been seen, including their first U.S. appearance at the Underground Club in New York in 1981 and a gig aboard the HMS Belfast in the River Thames. Band members Tony Hadley, Martin Kemp, Steve Norman and John Keeble are also interviewed in the film.
The band is still looking for a sales agent to handle the U.S. Metro International is selling all other territories.
“We’re hoping for theatrical release and we hope to be announcing a tour with the U.S. late this year or early in 2015,” Kemp says. “We want to do everything this time.”