The AMC-owned-and-operated Sundance Selects has acquired the U.S. rights to George Hencken’s music documentary — Canadian rights were sold to Search Engine Films. The film combines never-before-seen footage from the band’s archives with interviews from all five members.
In a press release, Hencken said of the film, “‘Soul Boys of the Western World’ is about working class culture, and friendship and passion for music, and what happens when all of that comes together in the crucible of early 1980s London club land… It’s a film for 80s kids -whether by birth or by adoption- music lovers, and anyone who’s ever fallen out with their best friend… Which basically covers everybody… and Sundance Selects are the perfect fit to bring Soul Boys to US audiences.”
For those who only know Spandau Ballet as the writers of the theme music to their teenage fantasies, “Soul Boys of the Western World” will surely add a whole new dimension to the 80s band. A Wellingmax production, the documentary received its World Premiere in Competition at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions, and Sean Berney, Manager of Acquisitions, for Sundance Selects/IFC, with Josh Braun and Ben Braun of Submarine Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.