BETWEEN DOG AND WOLF | Justin Sullivan


GB 2014

Directed by: Matt Reid

For over a quarter of a century New Model Army has been one of the
biggest artists of the underground music scene. They mean everything to their
global fan community. Yet so far mainstream success has eluded them. This film
is the story of the band and in particular their charismatic and unconventional
lead singer, songwriter and founder Justin Sullivan. His refusal to compromise
his principles has meant that his audience has remained loyal and the band has stuck
together through harsh times, which would have defeated many. This is a very
human story of a man who began life in a comfortable middle class Quaker
family, yet turned his back on this and headed to Bradford where he met his
muse. There he encountered like-minded musicians and together they formed the
band, which connected to the mood of anger in Thatcher’s Britain, and quickly
rose to prominence. Then, as international success was within their grasp, the
relationship with Justin’s songwriting partner Robb Heaton foundered, and he
died in tragic circumstances. Only once the band lost their studio and all
their equipment, did Justin come to terms with the ghosts of his past and
pursues a new radical approach to making music which lead
to the creation of the band’s finest album.




Justin Sullivan

Dean White

Michael Dean

Marshall Gill

Ceri Monger



Director: Matt Reid

Producer: Jonathan Green

D.o.P: Matt Reid

Editor: Paddy Lynas

Sound: Trunk Films, Will Billany, Steve Middlemitch

Archive: BBC Motion Gallery, ITN Source, WDR, EMI, Yorkshire Film Archive, Michael Sanderson, Nyquest Ltd.

BETWEEN DOG AND WOLF is a Hustler Street Films production in association
with Geißendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion and Match Factory.