A hilarious, headbanging, and heartwarming portrait of the world’s hardestworking, most under-appreciated metal band. Once playing stadiums, the now middle-aged Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow and Robb Reiner have continued to rock in obscurity and hope for that increasingly improbable big break. This real-life Spinal Tap unfolds into a moving story of dreams and determination.
Sacha Gervasi was born in London in 1965 and co-founded the group The Diceheads but left before they became famous and better known as Bush. He went on to pursue a career in journalism before turning his hand to screenwriting with ‘The Big Tease’ which he co-wrote with Craig Ferguson. He also wrote ‘The Terminal’ which was made into a film in 2004 directed by Steven Spielberg. Moving to Los Angeles in 1995, Sacha attended the graduate screenwriting program at UCLA Film School where he twice won the BAFTA/LA scholarship. Other films for which he has written include ‘Comrade Rockstar’ for Tom Hanks, ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’ for Nicole Kidman and ‘Henry’s Crime’ for Keanu Reeves. In 2009 he directed ‘Anvil! The Story of Anvil,’ a documentary of the Canadian heavy metal band, Anvil. In 2010 he will write and direct a biopic of actor Herve Villechaize based on his own interviews with the diminutive Frenchman, conducted only days before the actor committed suicide in 1993.
2009, 82', color, video
Jeff Renfroe, Andrew Dickler
Festivals & Awards:
Austin Film Critics Association - Best Documentary; Calgary International Film Festival - Best International Documentary; Chicago Film Critics Association Awards - Best Documentary; Chicago International Film Festival - Silver Hugo; International Documentary Association, Feature Documentary Award, Music Documentary Award; Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards - Sierra Award for Best Documentary; Los Angeles Film Festival - Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature; San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Documentary; Sydney Film Festival - Audience Award