HBO Documentary Films has acquired the rights to airing the feature-length documentary The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, spanning the decades-long career of one of the most successful bands in history. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Frank Marshall, the documentary will be available on HBO and HBO Max in the coming months via Universal Music Group’s Polygram Entertainment.
“Like so many people, I’ve loved the Bee Gees’ music all my life,” said Marshall, “But discovering their uncanny creative instincts and the treasure trove of music, their humor, and loyalty was a great two-year journey. We are very happy and proud to be with HBO, and it has been an honor to work on this project.”
The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart will hone in on how brothers Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb built the Bee Gees from the ground up and how their music continued to evolve in the years that followed. Since their inception in 1958, the Bee Gees are estimated to have sold over 220 million records. The band possesses a deeply influential and genre-shifting catalog.
Marshall’s previous work includes the Academy Award-nominated works Seabiscuit, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and The Color Purple. The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, an official selection for the 2020 Telluride Film Festival, was produced by Marshall alongside Mark Monroe, who also wrote the story, as well as Nigel Sinclair and Jeanne Elfant Festa who produced The Beatles: Eight Days a Week and HBO’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World.
“This is a story of how three brothers with paramount musical gifts created music that touched the collective unconscious across five continents for five decades straight,” said Sinclair. “It is brotherhood and family, creativity, entertainment, joy, and tragedy. We all feel very privileged to be involved.”
Of the documentary, Polygram Entertainment CEO Jody Gerson has said, “It’s an honor to tell the story of the Bee Gees – as brothers, as superstars and iconic songwriters – and to shine a light on their incredible career and the global impact of their music.”
The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart is directed by Frank Marshall; produced by, Nigel Sinclair, Jeanne Elfant Festa, Mark Monroe, Frank Marshall; executive produced by David Blackman, Jody Gerson, Steve Barnett, Nicholas Ferrall, Cassidy Hartmann, Ryan Suffern; written by Mark Monroe with story consultant, Cassidy Hartmann.