Published Aug 13, 2018New Order are set to be the subject of a new documentary film. Called New Order: Decades, the film will follow the band as they rehearse to re-stage their celebrated So It Goes... collaboration with artist Liam Gillick.
The film will air on September 22 on Sky Arts, almost 40 years to the day that precursor band Joy Division made their television debut. A press release explains Decades is "part concert, part documentary," showing the band work with Gillick and a 12-piece synthesizer orchestra prior to New Order's performance at Manchester International Festival 2017.
The film was directed by Mike Christie and is a Caravan Production for Sky Arts.
As press release explains, "The complexities extend beyond the technical and logistical: this is a band that rarely looks backwards, yet for this project they had to reflect on — and de-construct — the band's history, in order to create something very new."
It also adds the following of the film:
With full access to New Order and their collaborators, this film is an unprecedented and intimate celebration of their story and their music. Through personal interviews with the band members and close collaborators including Gillick and art director Peter Saville, 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. The full-length New Order and Joy Division song performances featured in the film — captured from the spectacular concert, designed by Gillick and augmented by the synth orchestra — look and sound simply incredible. They also serve as a perfect cross section of the musical journey the band have undertaken in their incredible career over the last four decades, and the perfect soundtrack to this very special film.
New Order's last studio album remains 2015's Music Complete.