The Sparks Brothers

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Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Special Presentations
Culture & Society
Release Year:2021
Runtime:140 min
Country/Region:United Kingdom
Print Source:Focus Features
Director:Edgar Wright
Producer:George Hencken
Laura Richardson
Edgar Wright
Nira Park
Cinematographer:Jake Polonsky
Editor:Paul Trewartha


From director Edgar Wright comes a paean to the band Sparks, one of the most influential art rock bands of all-time, whose five-decade career defies easy categorization.

Ron and Russell Mael are Sparks, a Los Angeles art rock band whose work was influenced by 60s pop culture, movies, their mother’s Beatles fixation, and… well, probably everything including the kitchen sink. First performing in high school, the duo has spawned 25 albums so original and forward thinking they’ve changed the music scene in America and Britain forever. Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) brings his own creative spark to the endeavor, incorporating animation and adopting a playful visual style, as he examines all 25 Sparks albums, making this documentary a delightful entertainment whether you’ve heard of Sparks or not. “A mighty convincing recommendation to start listening to Sparks.” --Nick Allen,

Director Biography

Edgar WrightBorn in Poole, Dorset, England, Edgar Wright burst onto the scene with the cult British TV show Spaced. He has since gone on to write and direct some of the most famous cult comedies of this century: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010), The World's End (2013), Baby Driver (2017) and the forthcoming Last Night in Soho (2021).