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Brothers of the Head (2005)

R | | Drama, Music | 6 October 2006 (UK)
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In the 1970s a music promoter plucks Siamese twins from obscurity and grooms them into a freakish rock'n'roll act. A dark tale of sex, strangeness and rock music.

Directors:

Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe

Writers:

Brian Aldiss (novel), Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Pryce ... Henry Couling
John Simm ... Boatman
Ken Russell ... Himself
James Greene ... Brian Aldiss
Elizabeth Rider ... Roberta Howe
Luke Wagner Luke Wagner ... Young Zak
Anna Nygh Anna Nygh ... Zak's Mum / Rita Bedderwick
Howard Attfield Howard Attfield ... Zak Bedderwick
Sean Harris ... Nick Sidney
Edward Hogg ... Chris Dervish (as Ed Hogg)
Bryan Dick ... Paul Day - 1970's
Nicholas Millard Nicholas Millard ... Tubs
David Kennedy ... Paul Day - Present day
Ken Bones ... Henry Couling
Jane Horrocks ... Roberta Howe
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Storyline

In the 1970s a music promoter plucks Siamese twins from obscurity and grooms them into a freakish rock'n'roll act. A dark tale of sex, strangeness and rock music.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

For some people... Rock & Roll was always a freak show.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Até Que a Morte os Separe See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,203, 30 July 2006

Gross USA:

$45,082

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,425
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debuts of brothers Harry Treadaway' and Luke Treadaway'. See more »

Quotes

Barry Howe: What are you writing about?
Laura Ashworth - 1970's: Well, you guys specifically.
Barry Howe: What about us?
Laura Ashworth - 1970's: Well, you know, you're kind of... you know, you're different. Young and exciting.
Barry Howe: Young, exciting, what else? Give me a- give me a third.
Laura Ashworth - 1970's: Listen, I'm actually writing an article about exploitation of the physically impaired.
Barry Howe: [long pause] Speak to Tubbs, he's got a dodgy ankle.
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References Women in Love (1969) See more »

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Intriguing pseudo-rockumentary
22 March 2007 | by PaulLondonSee all my reviews

I suppose that a film about co-joined twins who become punk rock stars in the mid-70's has to have something going for it and, indeed, this partially successful film did keep me gripped for most of the journey. As with most rock films, melodrama is the order of the day and this is no exception as the boys face physical abuse, drugs and rock star blow-out in the grand tradition of the likes of Hazel O'Connor in that other punk drama Breaking Glass.

There is much to like in this film including the stylised direction which veers away from the mockumentary format into more creative territory from time to time. There are some excellent ideas at play here; including scenes from an 'unfinished' Ken Russell film.

The problem is that this film is screaming out to be great little cult film but it never quite succeeds; perhaps its the lack of humour and the ease with which it lapses into cliché. Mostly though I think the tired 'mockumentary' format is what ultimately works against this film. Interesting and worthwhile but ultimately not the success it should and could have been.


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