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​New documentary on the life and work of Brian Eno to be released next month

‘Eno’ hits the big screen on July 12 across the UK

  • 24 June 2024
​New documentary on the life and work of Brian Eno to be released next month

A new documentary film charting the life and work of Brian Eno is set to be released in cinemas across the UK next month.

Eno is due for release exclusively in UK Picturehouse cinemas by Film First and Tigerlily Productions on Friday, July 12, directed by US filmmaker Gary Hustwit.

The documentary is said to be a “groundbreaking” film which is different with every screening, using “bespoke generative software” designed to sequence scenes and change the film with every single showing.

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Hustwit teamed up with UK-based creative technologist Brendan Dawes on the film, which features original interviews with Eno using an archive of never-before-seen footage and unreleased music.

The film documents five decades of musical innovation from Brian Eno, from his origins as a member of the legendary group Roxy Music in the 1970s to his pioneering ambient works.

Eno also charts the huge span of music released by the British producer over the years, including more than 40 solo and collaborative records, and his landmark 1978 album ‘Ambient 1: Music for Airports’.

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Speaking on the film, Hustwit explains: “Much of Brian’s career has been about enabling creativity in himself and others, through his role as a producer but also through his collaborations on projects like the Oblique Strategies cards or the music app Bloom.”

As well as behind-the-scenes clips and interviews with Eno, the documentary highlights his work with influential artists such as David Bowie, Talking Heads, and more, and his work on the startup sound for Microsoft Windows 95.

Using generative software, each screening of Eno promises to be different, showing scenes and music in a different order. The film is meant to be “experienced live”, creators explain.

Find out more about Eno here.

Gemma Ross is Mixmag's Assistant Editor, follow her on Twitter

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