Edgar Wright's Sparks Documentary Is Getting a Wide Release
Published Mar 19, 2021Edgar Wright recently premiered his Sparks documentary The Sparks Brothers at Sundance, and now it's thankfully set to get a wide release.
Today Focus Features announced it will roll out the film across North America on June 18. So far, it's on track to get a proper theatrical release, though don't be surprised if it comes to VOD around the same time due to the pandemic.
The film finds Wright giving us a history lesson on the Mael Brothers, and their decades-long journey as one of rock's most inventive — though underappreciated — bands.
The synopsis for the The Sparks Brothers lays it all out like this:
Sparks is your favorite band's favorite band, and soon to be yours too. Whether or not you're aware of it, Sparks likely had a hand in something you're fond of. This is one of those bands that have been in the background of almost every art form across the last 50 years. Growing up in the '60s, Los Angeles brothers Russ and Ron got by on a heavy diet of popcorn matinees and pop music until the spotlight of school talent shows illuminated their way on a musical journey that has so far spawned 25 studio albums.
It should come as no surprise to those familiar with the mind behind such comedies as Baby Driver that Edgar Wright's debut documentary, The Sparks Brothers, is an absolute delight. Wright's spirited vision brings five decades of invention to life through nutty animations and interviews with a who's who of cool, and by digging deeply into the band's rich, career-spanning archival. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, this charming love letter to innovation, music, and two rebel artists just might make this the biggest year yet for the brothers named Sparks.
Watch a clip from the film below.