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Spandau Ballet doc, a story of stardom and friendship, screens at Cannes

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Spandau Ballet doc, a story of stardom and friendship, screens at Cannes

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They were the New Romantics of British pop, who seduced fans around the world in the 1980s with enduring hits like ‘True’ and ‘Gold’.

Now Spandau Ballet are launching their new documentary at Cannes ahead of its October release in the UK.

Director George Hencken’s archive-only documentary ‘Soul Boys of the Western World’ follows the working-class London lads as they shot to global stardom.

Speaking in Cannes, band member Martin Kemp said the film has a universal message about friendship: “The band’s story is quite exceptional in the way that we grew up out of nothing, we rose to the heights – but I think people relate to it because basically it’s a story about friendship. How friendship starts, how it falls apart sometimes and if you’re lucky enough, you can bring it back together.”

After going through an acrimonious split in 1990, Spandau Ballet reunited two decades later.

The film was screened as part of the Film Market in Cannes, one of the biggest movie fairs in the world.

‘Soul Boys of the Western World’ is due out in UK theatres in October.