The film “New Order: Decades” documents the Manchester band’s synth-orchestra collaboration with artist Liam Gillick the event named after Factory Records founder Tony Wilson’s short lived program on Granada Television “So It Goes…”.
Directed by Mike Christie, the film was originally broadcast on the U.K.’s Sky Arts television network 2 days past the 40th Anniversary of Joy Division’s legendary appearance on Granada Reports.
During the 90 minute film, Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, and Gillian Gilbert make preparations for their appearance at 2017’s Manchester International Festival as New Order backed by a 12 piece synth orchestra.
New Order would perform this five times during the festival, following with an encore performance, in Turin, Italy, and Vienna, Austria earlier in 2018.
The concerts were well received, treating fans to a set list full of rarities and six songs not played live since the 80’s and 90’s, such as “Dream Attack”, “All Day Long”, “Vanishing Point”, “Subculture”, “Behind Closed Doors” (for the first time), and the Joy Division track “Disorder” for the first time since ever since the death of Ian Curtis.
In the film, New Order frontman Bernard Sumner discusses how he whenever he sings Curtis’ lyrics, he always gets an image of the late singer in his head while performing.
Executive producer Dinah Lorder had this to say about the film’s airing on Showtime:
“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. We’re delighted that Showtime’s acquisition of the film means New Order’s many US fans will be able to enjoy this unique treat.”
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