BETWEEN DOG AND WOLF
by Matt Reid
New Model Army have been one of the biggest underground music artists for over quarter of a century. To their global community of fans they mean everything. Yet mainstream success has so far eluded them. This film is the story of the band and in particular their charismatic and unconventional lead singer songwriter and founder Justin Sullivan. His refusal to compromise his principles has meant that his audience has stayed loyal and the band has stayed together through harsh times which would have defeated many. This is a very human story of a man who began life in a comfortable middle class Quaker family, yet turned his back on this and headed to Bradford where he met his muse. There he met like-minded musicians and together formed the band which connected with the mood of anger in Thatcher’s Britain, and quickly rose to prominence. Then as international success is within their grasp, the relationship with Justin’s songwriting partner Robb Heaton founders, and he dies in tragic circumstances. It is only when the band lose their studio and all their equipment, that Justin comes to terms with the ghosts of his past and pursues a new radical approach to making music which then creates the band’s finest album.
Matt Reid was born in London in 1972. He has made a number documentary and comedy programmes for British and American television and has won and been nominated for awards from The Royal Television Society . Among his best known work are the landmark BBC series with unique access to the Royal Family. “The Queen’s Castle”(2005) and “Monarchy” (2007) as well as the hugely successful ITV series “The Savoy” (2010.) “Between Dog and Wolf” is his first feature documentary.
New Model Army:
Directed by Matt Reid
Edited by Paddy Lynas
Camera/Sound Trunk Films, Will Billany, Steve Middlemitch
Produced by Jonathan Green
Associate Producer Charlotte Marsden
Archive BBC Motion Gallery, ITN Source, WDR, EMI, Yorkshire Film Archive, Michael Sanderson, Nyquest Ltd