November 13, 2015, Eagles of Death Metal was performing a show at the Bataclan theater in Paris when a terrorist attack struck. Live Nation Productions decided to release its first-ever film in partnership with HBO to revisit the events of that tragic night. Directed by Colin Hanks, the documentary follows the band's journey back to Paris to finish the gig that was forever tainted with forces of evil. Eagles Of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) premiered Monday night.
The main focus of the film relies on the transitioning relationships within the band following the attack that claimed the lives of 130 people, including four crew members. A considerable amount of time is spent on Josh Homme, who was not with his bandmates at the time of the attack.
Hanks recently spoke to Vanity Fair about a few calculated choices regarding the film's production. "I think more than anything else, we wanted to be able to show that these are human beings trying to make sense of their situation—a situation in which nothing makes sense," he explains.
The night's violence and any obvious political aftermath were both far from the film's point of reference. Hanks says that "we become desensitized" to violent images and including anything of that nature would have felt wrong.
More than anything, the documentary is truly a means of moving on. The return to Paris was the first step for everyone involved to carry on with their lives. "The next chapter started that day," Hanks says. "That's what we wanted the film to capture and represent."
The documentary is now streaming on HBO.