Sky Arts commissions New Order feature from Caravan August 13, 2018
Sky Arts has commissioned British factual indie Caravan to produce a feature-length doc on seminal UK new wave band New Order.
Born out of Joy Division after the death of singer and frontman Ian Curtis, New Order has been active from the 80s to the present day and was at the forefront of the post-punk and new wave movements.
New Order: Decades charts the rise of New Order over four decades of recordings and performances, offering intimate access to the band as the members reflect on their careers.
The 120-minute film follows the band as they prepare to re-stage So It Goes, a collaboration with artist Liam Gillick and a 12-piece synthesizer orchestra, first preformed during Manchester International Festival 2017, with full access to Gillick and art director Peter Saville.
“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,” said director and producer Mike Christie in a statement. Christie’s previous credits include Hansa Studios: By the Wall 1976-90 at Sky Arts.
New Order: Decades was commissioned by Bill Hobbins, commissioning editor of non-scripted at Sky Arts, and is executive produced by Dinah Lord.
“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,” said Hobbins.
“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,” added Lord.