A New Documentary About Brian Eno Is In The Works

The career-spanning 'ENO' will be overseen by 'Helvetica' director Gary Hustwit

A new documentary about the career of Brian Eno is set to be released next year.

‘ENO’ will be directed by US filmmaker Gary Hustwit, who worked on the 2007 film Helvetica. For the new project, Hustwit was given access to Eno’s vast archives which span more than 400 hours of music from across five decades. The archives feature unreleased music, various art projects and film footage which have never been seen publicly before.

"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," said Hustwit in a press release. "I think of ENO as an art film about creativity, with the output of Brian’s 50-year career as its raw material.

The film will be released in multiple digital forms, and will also be shown in cinemas and at installations. A press release says that the team behind the project will use "groundbreaking generative technology in [the film’s] creation and exhibition."

Concluding his plans for the film, Hustwit added: "You can’t make a conventional, by-the-numbers bio doc about Brian Eno. That would be antithetical and a missed opportunity. What I’m trying to do is to create a cinematic experience that’s as innovative as Brian’s approach to music and art."

Find out more about the project here, and watch a trailer via Hustwit’s Twitter post about the film.

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