BBC Four has commissioned a one-off documentary from Mentorn Media, on the reunion of one of the ‘80s biggest bands, Culture Club.
BBC Four has commissioned a one-off documentary from Mentorn Media, on the reunion of one of the ‘80s biggest bands, Culture Club, it was announced today (FRIDAY).
Directed by Mike Nicholls and commissioned by Greg Sanderson, Commissioning Editor, Arts, Music for the BBC, the hour-long documentary entitled: Boy George and Culture Club: Karma to Calamity will be an access-all-areas film about the band’s revival, following the members from their initial recording sessions through to their live performances.
In the early 1980s,Culture Club was one of the biggest bands in the world, selling 150 million records worldwide. Formed in London, the band comprised of Boy George on vocals, Mikey Craig on bass, Roy Hay on guitar and keyboards and Jon Moss on drums. As well as their UK success the band were huge in the USA – notching up ten top 40 hits.
Being part of Band Aid cemented them as stalwarts of the ‘80s, a band that broke down barriers and left a huge legacy for the stars that came later, before they disbanded in 1986. However they were a band with a troubled past, George had an affair with his drummer Jon Moss and when they acrimoniously split, the band fell apart and George descended into heroin addiction.
Nicholls will reveal the personalities behind one of the most iconic bands of all time as they attempt to reunite and overcome their tempestuous past.
Greg Sanderson, BBC Commissioning Editor, Arts, Music & Events said: “Culture Club are one of those iconic bands who everyone wants to know more about. Getting access to the trials and triumphs of their reunion was always going to be exciting, and we’re delighted to be taking audiences behind the scenes of this extraordinary foursome.”
Mentorn Media’s Director of Programmes and Executive Producer, Tayte Simpson, said: “Culture Club is a band with a history as colourful as their music. Mike has unique and intimate access which provides a candid insight as these four strong personalities attempt to work together for the first time in 15 years.”