Brothers of the Head
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|Brothers of the Head|
Brothers of the Head movie poster
|Directed by||Keith Fulton
|Written by||Brian Aldiss (novel)
Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
|Music by||Clive Langer|
|Cinematography||Anthony Dod Mantle|
|Editing by||Nicolas Gaster|
|Distributed by||Tartan Films|
|Running time||93 minutes|
Brothers of the Head is a 2005 mockumentary featuring the story of Tom and Barry Howe (Harry and Luke Treadaway respectively), conjoined twins living in the United Kingdom. It was based on the 1977 novel of the same name by science fiction writer Brian Aldiss.
In the early 1970s, the twins are essentially purchased by sleazy talent manager with plans to turn them into rock stars. The brothers form a punk rock band called the Bang Bang. As the band's success grows, a music journalist, Laura (Tania Emery), follows the band writing an article. A romantic relationship develops between Laura and Tom causing friction between the two brothers.
- Luke Treadaway as Barry Howe
- Harry Treadaway as Tom Howe
- Sean Harris as Nick Sidney
- Bryan Dick as Paul Day
- Tania Emery as Laura Ashwood
- Jonathan Pryce as Henry Couling
- Howard Attfield as Zak Bedderwick
- Ken Russell as himself
- James Greene as Brian Aldiss
- Luke Wagner as Young Zak
Brian Aldiss, the writer of the original novel, filmed a cameo, however it was cut out and replaced by an actor portraying him. Deleted scenes make it clear that in the continuity of the film, Aldiss based his novel on a real life case. In the backstory of the action, Ken Russell (who appears in the film as himself and makes references to his previous rock and roll-based film, Tommy), had attempted to make his own uncompleted film version of the "true" story.
All Bang-Bang music tracks featured in the film were actually performed live by actors Harry and Luke Treadaway themselves, along with the actors portraying the band members. The Treadaways, along with all the actors except Bryan Dick (Paul Day), recorded studio tracks for the soundtrack album.
- Brothers of the Head on Brian Aldiss's official site
- Brothers of the Head at the Internet Movie Database
- Brothers of the Head at Allmovie
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