Factual indie Caravan has won a commission from Sky Arts to produce a feature-length documentary film on New Order.
New Order: Decades (1×120’) is produced and directed by Mike Christie (Hansa Studios: By The Wall 1976-90, Sky Arts), marking 40 years since the band’s first TV appearance. Part concert and part documentary, it follows the band’s preparations as they re-stage their collaboration So It Goes with the artist Liam Gillick and the 12-piece synthesiser orchestra that took place during Manchester International Festival 2017.
Mike Christie said: “New Order: Decades really is a unique opportunity to get to the heart of a truly iconic and brilliant band. New Order rarely look backwards, yet for this project they had to reflect on – and de-construct – their history. The insights feel fresh but also intimate, funny and revealing of a band who have often seemed mysterious and perhaps sometimes a little misunderstood over the last 40 years.”
Bill Hobbins, Commissioning Editor, Non-Scripted, for Sky added: “The full-length New Order and Joy Division song performances featured in the film look and sound simply incredible. They also serve as a perfect cross section of the musical journey the band have undertaken in their career over the last four decades, and the perfect soundtrack to this very special film.”
Dinah Lord, Executive Producer and MD of Caravan commented: “New Order: Decades offers a rare chance to enter the band’s private world, understand the visual philosophy of their aesthetic and design, and witness their collaborative, creative processes first hand.”
New Order: Decades is produced and directed by Mike Christie, the executive producer is Dinah Lord and it was commissioned by Bill Hobbins. It is a Caravan production for Sky Arts and will air on 22 September.
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