Edgar Wright’s documentary on the iconic synth-rock band Sparks is set to open this year’s Sundance London film festival.
“They don’t really look like a band,” British talk show host Jonathan Ross declares in the documentary, “They just look like people who’ve been let out for the day.” Sparks are one of the great anomalies of popular music, with a Mark Bolan lookalike frontman thrusting about like Jagger and a motionless artist sporting what can only be described as a ‘Hitler moustache’ on the keyboards, pumping out theatrical sonic mayhem disguised as synth-pop. To the naked eye, they’re certainly not the most conventional group, and Edgar Wright set out to explore that inexplicability.
The festival’s director, Tabitha Jackson, spoke to Variety to announce, “We’re thrilled to return to London and expand across the U.K. with an exciting program of films that tell fresh, independent stories — stories which are essential as we endeavour to understand our past while we reimagine our present and future.”
With Wright adding: “I was just five years old when I was hypnotized by Ron & Russell Mael (collectively Sparks) staring at me from the telly on a 1979 episode of Top Of The Pops.”
“Over the next four decades,” he continued, “Their music has been a riddle turned full on obsession. The final destination of my fascination has been to make what I believe is the only thing stopping them from being as big as they deserve to be; a document of their incredible journey in music and everyone they’ve inspired along the way.”
The director later concluded, “It’s very exciting for me to finally bring The Sparks Brothers to Sundance London, as the U.K. were the first country to embrace Sparks’ genius. I look forward to everyone falling in love all over again or being as amazed as I was when I first saw and heard them.”
The Festival is set to return on the 29th of July and it will run through until August 1st. Further line-up announcements are expected in the coming days.