The Sparks Brothers

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Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Musicians & Performers
Popular Culture
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Edgar Wright
Producer(s):Edgar Wright
Nira Park
George Hencken
Laura Richardson
Archive Producer(s):Kate Griffiths
Associate Producer(s):Leo Thompson
Editor(s):Paul Trewartha
Cinematography:Jake Polonsky
Music Supervisor(s):Gary Welch
Animation:Joseph Wallace
Greg McLeod


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How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential and criminally overlooked all at the same time? A band that has been in the background of almost every art form across the last 50 years, Sparks is your favourite band’s favourite band, and soon to be yours too. Growing up in the ’60s, Los Angeles brothers Ron and Russell Mael thrived on a heavy diet of popcorn matinees and pop music until the spotlight of school talent shows launched them on a musical journey that has so far spawned 25 studio albums, along with adulation from artists across the musical spectrum. In his documentary debut, acclaimed filmmaker Edgar Wright (beloved by Toronto audiences for the seminal Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) brings five decades of invention to life through nutty animations and interviews with a who’s who of cool, and by digging deeply into the band’s rich, career-spanning archive. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, this charming love letter to innovation, music and two rebel artists takes us on a mood-elevating musical odyssey guaranteed to delight the faithful and create a whole new fanbase for this uniquely talented duo.

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  • exclaim - The Sparks Brothers Brings Much-Needed Humour to the Rock Doc Genre
  • NOW Magazine - "Edgar Wright's documentary about the prolific and influential musical siblings is rhapsodic"
  • La Estatuilla - "A meticulous, vibrant, and 100% authentic documentary about his legacy"

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