Film review: The Blueblack Hussar (18)


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Jack Bond's engaging documentary about Adam Ant's comeback after years of mental health problems is helped immeasurably by its subject's rapport with Bond.

The Prince Charming of the 1980s British punk and New Romantic scene invites Bond into his kitchen, into the studio and – in the film's most entertaining section – accompanies him to Paris.

Bond doesn't resort to voice-overs, or tell us too much about Ant's career. Instead, he opts for an observational approach. Ant makes a fascinating subject.

In his 50s, he is still a restless dandy, astute and witty in parts, but monstrously conceited in others.