The Prodigy are coming to the big screen. A forthcoming documentary will track the story of the iconic English electronic outfit, from their U.K. origins to their boundary-pushing influence on the ’90s electronic boom in America.
Created in partnership with The Prodigy’s Maxim and Liam Howlett and global content studio Pulse Films, the full-length feature documentary will be directed by the band’s longtime collaborator Paul Dugdale. Dugdale previously directed a trio of visual shorts for The Prodigy, along with the band’s 2011 concert film, The Prodigy: World’s On Fire. Dugdale also directed a long list of concert films by A-listers including The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Paul McCartney and Sam Smith.
“The film will be as wild as the band,” Dugdale says of the new project. “Dark at times, strong changes of pace, it will be a visual assault too, stylistically striking, contemporary and challenging. We want the viewers to leave the cinema like they’ve just stepped off a roller-coaster.”
No release date has been announced for the doc, the first major project from The Prodigy since longtime member Keith Flint died by hanging in March of 2019. Production is expected to begin this spring.
“We are making a band documentary film…so fukin what??” Maxim and Howlett says in a joint statement. “After the devastating passing of our brother Keef in 2019, the time feels right for us to tell the story of our band, all of it, the whole 9 … It’s a story of the chaotic and troubled journey of our gang, our band, the peoples band — The Prodigy. Or simply — a story of brothers on a mission to make noise…to ignite the peoples souls and blow-up sound systems worldwide…that’s fukin what! This film will be made with the same integrity that our music is — uncompromising, raw and honest…This one’s for Keef!”
The film will be produced by Pulse Films, the company behind such high caliber music-focused films as Beyoncé’s Lemonade, LCD Soundystem’s Shut Up And Play The Hits and Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days On Earth. Pulse Films’ Thomas Benski, Marisa Clifford and Sam Bridger will produce with Howlett, Maxim and band co-manager John Fairs in the role of executive producer.
“Our ethos at Pulse Films in the music documentary space has always been to tell unique stories about iconic artists in new and disruptive ways,” says Bridger, Head of Music Films at Pulse Films. “Partnering with The Prodigy and their long-time directing collaborator Paul Dugdale enables us to continue that tradition and create a film that reflects the heart, sheer imagination and danger of The Prodigy.
The dynamic, chart-topping act was the subject of a 1995 feature-length documentary Electronic Punks, which charted The Prodigy’s early days performing at warehouse raves in Essex and the release of their first two albums, Experience and Music for the Jilted Generation, the first of six U.K. No. 1s.