Two Blur feature films coming soon

Two Blur feature films coming soon

THE Blur have announced details of their new documentary chronicling their recent comeback and the release of the band's first album in eight years.

After the announcement of the release in February, accompanied by a first teaser, now frontman Damon Albarn and co have shared the title of the film and confirmed that it will arrive in cinemas at the end of the summer.

Titled “Blur: To The End,” the new documentary will be screened in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from July 19 and, according to a press release, “will follow the unique relationship of four friends – and bandmates for three decades – Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James And Dave Rowntree as they reunite in early 2023 to record new songs ahead of their first sold-out shows at London's Wembley Stadium in July last summer.”

The Wembley shows refer to two consecutive major concerts that the band held on 8 and 0 July 2023. These two performances will also be immortalized in a second upcoming concert film entitled “Blur: Live At Wembley Stadium”.

In To The End footage of the band performing their most famous songs during shows will be shown, as well as clips of them in the studio and on the road.

“We've barely communicated for the last 10 years… when we split up. It didn't take us that long to make a record, but the wonderful thing is that as soon as the four of us are in a room together it's exactly like when we were all 19,” James said in the film.

Coxon added: “There was a very intense period in the '90s. Something like a relationship or a marriage. I think it's fair to say that the time we spent apart was spent on other friendships and catching up or doing other things “.

Talking about how they came together for “The Ballad Of Darren“, Albarn said: “I don't think any of us thought about making another record, especially not a record like this. I suppose that's why I wanted to try to make it as good as possible.” “We all have extremely involved and complicated lives – he added – and we are so lucky to be able to spend this time together, just the four of us. And that's the beauty of it.”

Both feature films, “To The End” and “Live At Wembley”, are directed by Toby L and produced by Josh Connolly via the British production company Up The Game, who has already worked for Liam Gallagher (“Knebworth 22”), Olivia Rodrigo (“Sour Prom”) Foals (“Rip Up The Road”) and more.

Toby L curated the videos for Blur's 2023 single “St. Charles Square“and the video of Albarn's performance”Polaris“.

Speaking about the documentary, he said: “To The End is an intimate look at relationships, motivation and mortality, the sights and sounds of a long-lasting friendship that brings to light a new achievement to overcome together.” “The band and I sat down at the beginning of the project and agreed that the film had to tell a new story, be shot entirely on location and, crucially, be honest. This is “To The End” and that's what I hope the people can see and, above all, hear”.