Brothers of the head 2005
R | 1h 33min | Drama, Music | 6 October 2006 (UK)
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.
An incredible debut by Harry and Luke Treadaway, who steal the show in a pretty distinguished cast. I can’t imagine better casting – the directors can have scarcely believed their luck.
Excellent music, well-performed and never false or embarrassing. If Chryssie Hynde voted for this movie as a judge at some film festival (Edinburgh?) then it shows the music works well.
Brilliant cinematography by a master of the art.
Some of the interviews with doctors (and the girl journalist, who is otherwise pretty good) felt a bit contrived; the American doc film-maker too doesn’t quite ring true. Ken Russell, on the other hand, is completely believable.
It’s not the greatest film ever, but it’s very well worth seeing, and not just for that remarkable debut by the brothers.
Directors: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
Writers: Brian Aldiss (novel), Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
Stars: Luke Treadaway, Harry Treadaway, Jonathan Pryce