TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2022 – Today, Duran Duran release a brand-new, 75 minute docu-concert film, entitled A Hollywood High, that captures the band performing live on a rooftop in Los Angeles, alongside exclusive interviews and archival footage that tells the story of their long-time love affair with the city. The film will be released in cinemas around the world. The news arrives amidst an incredible year for the band, as the multi-platinum, award-winning global hitmakers celebrate over four rich and storied decades together.
The past 12 months have seen Duran Duran release their widely acclaimed 15th studio album FUTURE PAST, confirmed to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, perform live at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace, headline London’s Hyde Park and, in a full circle moment, close the opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in their hometown of Birmingham. All this before embarking on a huge headline tour of North America that included sold out shows at iconic venues such as New York’s Madison Square Garden and three nights at the Hollywood Bowl.
Duran Duran’s peerless live show will now be immortalised on the big screen in a feature-length docu-concert film, created in an innovative new format that is mixed and mastered with Dolby Atmos® and Dolby Vision®. Giving fans the ultimate movie-going experience, Dolby Vision® takes the look of the film to a whole new level, allowing audiences to enjoy subtle details and the ultra-vivid colors of the performance like never before, while Dolby Atmos® provides the very best in truly immersive sound. The film also brings to life the band’s deep and important relationship with Los Angeles through exclusive new interviews, together with behind-the-scenes video and unseen archival footage, charting their rise to become one of the most successful and influential bands of all time.
“For our first US show in several years we wanted to do something really special and intimate,” explains keyboardist Nick Rhodes. “After considering many options, a rooftop performance quickly became the frontrunner. It was post-pandemic, we had never done anything like that before, and we had just released a new album. Somehow it seemed like a magical doorway to the next part of our journey.”
“Duran Duran have had an enduring relationship with the city of Los Angeles since the first time we came to America,” continues bassist John Taylor. “We were determined to do something unique to celebrate our four decades together. A rooftop performance in LA with the Capitol Records building across the street and the Hollywood sign looming in the distance sounded perfect and turned out to be an extraordinary night for all of us.”
A Hollywood High is directed by three award-winning industry veterans, Gavin Elder, Vincent Adam Paul and George Scott. Lastman Media and Magus Entertainment are executive producers. The film is distributed and released theatrically in cinemas around the world by Abramorama.
“Duran Duran has been entertaining the world with their creative genius and iconic songs over the past 40 years,” said Jed Harmsen, Head of Cinema & Group Entertainment at Dolby Laboratories. “We cannot wait for fans to not just watch A Hollywood High, but to be captivated by experiencing it in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.”
Shot from the unique perspective of the roof of The Aster in the heart of Hollywood, overlooking the Capitol Records building, the site of Duran Duran’s original record label home, the film celebrates the breadth of Duran Duran’s prolific and diverse song writing and captures their boundless live energy.
“It’s an honour to work with Duran Duran to bring the band’s 40th Anniversary celebration to cinemas and fans around the world, with the generous support of Dolby,” shared Evan Saxon, Head of Music and International Distribution at Abramorama “A Hollywood High will sit alongside other successful films we have distributed for The Beatles, Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, and Neil Young, among others.”
The concert film will provide an opportunity for fans across the globe to share a unique live experience and see a spectacular show from a front row seat perspective. Fans will be up on their feet dancing from the outset in cinemas all over the world.
lead photo by Jonas Akerland