The Cure’s 40th anniversary has been given extra boost. In addition to the veteran band’s celebratory gig at Hyde Park on 7 July, it’s now been confirmed that a feature-length, career-spanning documentary is in the works.
The film is set to be directed by the band’s long-term collaborator and video maker, Tim Pope. Taking to Twitter, Pope gave a few more details away.
“So, 2018 will see me collaborating with [mainman] Robert [Smith] on a feature-length, chronological documentary of The Cure’s history from the 1970s via present day to the future. Robert himself will tell the story and this will work alongside other events for the band’s 40-year celebration,” he wrote.
He continued: “The film to which I will bring my own style of jiggery-pokery will use as well as 'old favourites' a cornucopia of material from Robert’s collection which has never been seen before: Super-8; interviews; bootlegs; rare performances; behind-the-scenes, blah. Updates ’as and when’.”
Formed in Crawley, West Sussex, The Cure released their debut single, ‘Killing An Arab’, on Walthamstow-based independent label Small Wonder Records. Their debut album, Three Imaginary Boys, came out a year later. Their next three albums, Seventeen Seconds (1980), Faith (1981) and Pornography (1982) are widely regarded as some of the most important records to have influenced the then-nascent goth genre.
Subsequent releases found The Cure altering line-ups and musical styles that have embraced electronic pop – see their early 80s trilogy of singles ‘Let’s Go To Bed’, ‘The Walk’ and ‘The Lovecats’ – psychedelia (The Top) and more radio-friendly sounds (Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me).
A hugely popular band at the box office, The Cure’s recorded output has slowed down considerably, having released only three albums – Bloodflowers (2000), The Cure (2004) and 4:13 Dream (2008) - since the turn of the century.
Support for their Hyde Park gig on 7 July comes from Interpol, Editors, Goldfrapp, Ride and Slowdive among others. Tickets for the gig are available from Amazon Tickets.
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