Focus Features has released the official trailer for Edgar Wright’s first documentary feature The Sparks Brothers, opening in theaters on June 18, 2021. You can view the trailer and poster for the film below.
How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time?
Edgar Wright’s debut The Sparks Brothers takes audiences on a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers/bandmates Ron and Russell Mael celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks: your favorite band’s favorite band.
The film features commentary from celebrity fans Flea, Jane Wiedlin, Beck, Jack Antonoff, Jason Schwartzman, Neil Gaiman, and more.
Director Edgar Wright (upcoming Last Night in Soho, Baby Driver) also produced the documentary with his producing partner Nira Park, though their company Complete Fiction Pictures, along with producers George Hencken, and Complete Fiction’s Laura Richardson.
The film was financed by MRC Non-Fiction and will be distributed domestically by Focus Features with Universal Pictures distributing internationally.
Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said, “It’s hard to imagine a better pairing of subjects and filmmaker than Ron and Russell and Edgar.
“For the past five decades, Sparks have been pushing the bounds of pop music with iconoclastic style and a perpetual mission to try something new rather than relying on the tried-and-true.
He added: “It’s that perseverance that has made them among the most influential bands in history. In telling their story, Edgar has crafted an absolute joy bomb that will literally have you dancing in the aisles whether you grew up following them or are just now realizing how much their sound already shaped your life.”
“I’ve had the privilege of seeing Focus Features do what they do best, and they are the perfect team to bring Edgar’s love letter to Ron & Russell to audiences around the world – we are truly envious of everyone who will get to experience Sparks for the first time,” said Amit Dey, Head of MRC Non-Fiction.