On Saturday night you can go back the 1990s with a documentary on one of the world’s biggest boybands, The Backstreet Boys, who recently toured Australia after reforming in 2012.
Don’t pretend you don’t remember!
Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of is a major music documentary on one of the biggest boy bands ever and their tumultuous journey from child stars to the band they are today. This film tells the story of AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell – otherwise known as the Backstreet Boys. Formed in the mid-1990s the Backstreet Boys found fame with tracks such as “I Want It That Way”, “Everybody” and “As Long As You Love Me”. Legions of fans saw the boys perform in sold out arenas around the world. Alongside the highs were real lows, including their lawsuit with former manager Lou Pearlman – now serving a 25 year prison sentence for fraud – and AJ’s battle with drug and alcohol addiction that saw him spend time in rehab.
Now with all five original members back in the band, this film offers the Backstreet Boys the opportunity to tell their truly unique, and at times, heartbreaking story for the first time. It breaks out beyond their loyal fan base to tell a story that moves from fame and fortune to talent exploitation and familial disputes; building up to their regeneration. An emotionally open and honest film portrait, the Backstreet Boys take us through the highs and lows from boyhood to manhood that led them back into a London studio in 2012 to write a new album, make a film and plan their 20th anniversary re-launch. The reunion renewed friendships, but dynamic shifts reveal new and old tensions that need confronting and resolving.
Directed by Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man) this is a surprising and rewarding journey filmed over two years that delves into the extremes of fame, fortune, betrayal and renewal.
Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of 8pm Saturday May 30 on MAX.