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Director: Simon Emmett

Producer: Christine Cowin

Status: Completed

UK Theatrical Release: 9th November 2023


In 2003, British glam rockers The Darkness took the world by storm with their smash hit single “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”. Then at the height of their fame, the band split up and fell into obscurity.


Eight years after their breakup, director Simon Emmett follows The Darkness as they begin their long, rocky and hilarious comeback trail. From a small pub gig in the middle of nowhere with the ambition of returning to arena shows – this documentary shows the stark reality of a ‘cult band’ struggling to recapture former glory.


With unprecedented access, unseen archive, and intimate interviews filmed over six years, Welcome To The Darkness is a tongue-in-cheek reflection on fame, failure, friendship and forgiveness. At its heart, this is a touching account of a unique band of brothers who are still haunted by the demons that ripped them apart in their heyday, yet who are also able to defiantly laugh in the face of adversities both old and new in their ultimate quest for happiness and redemption.


20 years on from their platinum-selling debut, Justin Hawkins, his brother Dan, eccentric bassist Frankie Poullain, and new drummer Rufus Taylor tell their story, in their own words, in their own image – a fabulous ‘warts and all’ comeback tale with characters who defy convention.

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