The Band Documentary Coming From Martin Scorsese


A new documentary about The Band is due out this fall. Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band shares the story of the legendary group from guitarist Robbie Robertson‘s point of view. Martin Scorsese, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are the executive producers of the Daniel Roher-directed film as per Deadline’s report.

The film is based on Robbie Robertson’s 2017 memoir Testimony and is said by Deadline to be “a confessional, cautionary, and sometimes humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music.” Included within will be rare archival footage and interviews with many of those who inspired and worked with Robbie such as Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Ronnie Hawkins, David Geffen and Eric Clapton. Scorsese, who directed The Last Waltz concert film documenting The Band’s famed farewell concert, also sat for an interview.

“[I am] honored to have my memoir, Testimony, made into a documentary film by such an extraordinarily talented creative team,” Robertson told Deadline. “Robbie and The Band are the stuff of rock n’ roll mythology,” added Imagine Documentaries[the firm run by Grazer and Howard] President Justin Wilkes. “As a Woodstock native, the Big Pink house loomed large in my cultural psyche growing up and like many, many others, the music sure made a lasting impression. The gospel according to Robbie is a wild, cinematic ride and we here at Imagine are honored to partner with Daniel and an illustrious band of producers in sharing Robbie’s story with the world.”

In addition to a theatrical release this fall, the film is coming to Canadian streaming service Crave in early 2020. Head to Deadline for more information.