HBO has produced many great documentary films, but none perhaps since George Harrison: Living in the Material World will be quite as rocking as the upcoming film Crossfire Hurricane. The film, a documentary about The Rolling Stones, was announced today by Michael Lombardo, HBO's president of programming. The film, helmed by director Brett Morgen, will premiere on the network on November 15.
According to HBO's press release for the film, Crossfire Hurricane "provides a remarkable new perspective on the Stones’ unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early ‘60s to rock royalty. It’s all here in panoramic candour, from the Marquee Club to Hyde Park, from Altamont to “Exile,” from club gigs to stadium extravaganzas."
The film will feature "never-before-seen footage and fresh insights from the band themselves," the release continues. "The film will delight, shock and amaze longtime devotees, as well as another generation of fans, with its uniquely immersive style and tone." That uniquely immersive style, according to HBO, includes "intimate insight, for the first time, into exactly what it's like to be part of the Rolling Stones, as they overcame denunciation, drugs, dissensions and death to become the definitive survivors."
British audiences looking to see this apparently great film will get to see it in cinemas this fall, though it will also be aired on BBC Two later this year.
According to director Morgen, the film "invites the audience to experience firsthand the Stones' nearly mythical journey from outsiders to rock and roll royalty. This is not an academic history lesson. CROSSFIRE HURRICANE allows the viewer to experience the Stones' journey from a unique vantage point. It's an aural and visual roller coaster ride.”
Crossfire Hurricane will premiere November 15 on HBO.