Brothers of the Head

Brothers of the Head

Director: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe

Cast: Harry Treadaway, Luke Treadaway

     
 

Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's smart but twisted mockumentary about co-joined twins who become rock stars gets a glossy but straightforward treatment in this DVD release from IFC Films. Brothers Of The Head has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at the aspect ratio of 1.78:1 on standard televisions and enhanced for 16x9 playback on anamorphic…  See more details below

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Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's smart but twisted mockumentary about co-joined twins who become rock stars gets a glossy but straightforward treatment in this DVD release from IFC Films. Brothers Of The Head has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at the aspect ratio of 1.78:1 on standard televisions and enhanced for 16x9 playback on anamorphic monitors. The transfer captures the moody grit of the film's visual style beautifully, and the materials look practically flawless. The audio is similarly strong and richly detailed, and has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English and Spanish. As a bonus, the disc features fourteen scenes that were either cut from the final version of the film, or considerably shortened for its original release; also included are trailers for several other IFC and Weinstein Company releases. Brothers Of The Head is the sort of film that practically defines the notion of "matter of taste," but the DVD offers a respectful treatment of an unusual work, and this should satisfy both fans of the film and the curious who missed it in its brief theatrical release.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Brothers of the Head is an adeptly made and consistently fascinating fictional rock documentary. The word "mock" doesn't really apply, as the filmmakers clearly venerate both the cinematic form and the music. The power of the film's proto-punk performance scenes, and the convincingly chaotic, off-the-cuff way in which they're captured, goes a long way toward selling the film's bizarre story of the Bang Bang, a 1970s rock band fronted by conjoined twins, Barry (Luke Treadaway) and Tom Howe (Harry Treadaway). The film opens cannily, with a gothic clip from a (purely fictional, but wholly convincing) unfinished Ken Russell film about the brothers, "Two-Way Romeo," and an interview with the director about what drew him to their story (the theme of "innocence exploited"). This naturally sets the stage for writer/directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe to tell the "real" story of the Howe brothers and their tragic journey from sheltered shut-ins to decadent budding rock stars. If the bones of the tale are a bit familiar, it's intriguingly fleshed out with the specificity of the brothers' personalities (excellent performances from the young leads as the charismatically petulant Barry and the introverted, creative Tom) and a very well-rendered simulation of both the mid-'70s British pub-rock scene, and the vérité style of documentary filmmaking popularized during that era. The film even has its own "Altamont" moment, which is perhaps the one moment where the filmmakers seem to wink a bit too blatantly at their audience. Beyond that, it has a great soundtrack (mostly composed by Clive Langer) and a surfeit of period atmosphere. Brothers of the Head is engagingly weird, and despite outlandish subject matter that might lend itself to something more lurid or camp, it treats its characters and their story with refreshing restraint and seriousness.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
UPC:
0796019796620
Original Release:
2006
Source:
Ifc
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; with uncut, never-before-seen ; footage!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harry Treadaway Tom Howe
Luke Treadaway Barry Howe
Bryan Dick Paul Day (1970s)
Sean Harris Nick
Tania Emery Laura Ashworth (1970s)
Diana Kent Ashworth, Laura (Present)
Tom Bower Eddie Pasqua
David Kennedy Paul Day (Present Day)
Elizabeth Rider Roberta Howe
Jane Horrocks Roberta Howe (Two-Way Romeo)
Jonathan Pryce Henry Couling (Two-Way Romeo)
John Simm Boatman (Two-Way Romeo)
James Greene Actor
Ken Russell Ken Russell, The Film Director
Brian Aldiss James Greene. The Author
Luke Wagner Young Zak
Anna Nygh Zak's Mom,Rita Bedderwick
Howard Attfield Zak Bedderwick
Ed Hogg Chris Dervish
Nicholas Millard Tubs
Ken Bones Henry Couling
Roger Watkins Old Howe (Two-Way Romeo)
Steven Eagles Spitz
Raymond Pickard Druggy
Joe Van Moyland Druggy Friend
Ray Cooper Ray Cooper
Kenneth Hadley Pub Manager
Isabel Skinner Concert Vox Pops
Michelle Bayton Concert Vox Pops
Gillian Farr Concert Vox Pops
Roger Spottiswoode Concert Vox Pops
Neil McKay Concert Vox Pops
Matthew Pearson Concert Vox Pops
Kieran Rushby Concert Vox Pops
Kristel George Concert Vox Pops
Brian 'Dawn' Chalkley Stylist
Anne Lambton Cilla
Jack Dunkley Roadie
Jeffry Wickham Sir Allardyce Stevens
Tom Sturridge Barry Howe (Two-Way Rodeo)
Barbara Ewing Dr. Janice Marsden

Technical Credits
Keith Fulton Director
Louis Pepe Director
Marianne Agertoft Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Barker Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Carlton Executive Producer
Simon Channing-Williams Producer
Gail Egan Producer
Mike Elliott Asst. Director
Nicolas Gaster Editor
Nina Gold Casting
Tony Grisoni Co-producer,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Jon Henson Production Designer
Clive Langer Score Composer
Anthony Dod Mantle Camera Operator,Cinematographer
Sarah Monzani Makeup
Anna Nygh Choreography
Kate Ogborn Executive Producer
Curtis Radcliffe Camera Operator
Patrick Rolfe Art Director
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
Lisa Marie Russo Co-producer,Executive Producer
Hemal Shah Production Manager
Andy Stebbing Production Manager

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Brothers of the Head
1. Exploitation of Innocence [8:56]
2. The Documentary [4:56]
3. The Manager [6:08]
4. Two Way Romeo [6:34]
5. Every Little Moment [3:59]
6. The Cover Shoot [4:16]
7. The Journalist [3:46]
8. Doola & Dawla [4:48]
9. Nelson's Blood [5:50]
10. Separation Anxiety [3:31]
11. My Friend [4:21]
12. Fetus in Fetu [8:25]
13. Emotional Severence [7:17]
14. The Showcase [2:14]
15. The Incident [6:36]
16. Remembrances/End Credits [3:42]
1. The Humbleden Maid on First Meeting Tom and Barry [2:35]
1. Members of Kilburn and the High Roads Discuss the Band's First Gig [3:16]
1. Two-Way Romeo Director Ken Russell [5:47]
1. Roberta Howe Remembers Her Brothers [4:47]
1. Tom and Barry Rehearse a New Song [2:24]
1. The Bang Bang Gig Footage: Sitting in a Car, Unknown Venue, 1975/Teo Way Romeo, Unknown Venue, 1975/My Friend (You C#%*), London Polytechnic, 1975 [3:29]
1. Paul Day's the Bang Bang Re-mastering Sessions, 2004 [2:18]
1. Cabaldiss: The Secret World of the Aldiss Quadruplets [3:51]
1. Eddie Pasqua's First Interview With Tom and Barry [6:37]
1. Cilla the Photographer Discusses the Bang Bang Album Photo Shoot [5:32]
1. Documentary Filmmaker Eddie Pasqua [2:38]
1. Journalist Laura Ashworth [3:57]
1. Zak Bedderwick Struts His Musical Stuff, 1972 [8:44]
1. Nick Sidney at Skegness Pier, 1975 [7:33]

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