Sparks team up with Edgar Wright for documentary

23 June, 2018 in News

Sparks

Sparks: Ron and Russell Mael spent much of the late 80s and early 90s making films

The Mael brothers and British director Edgar Wright will collaborate on the documentary celebrating the career and music of Sparks

Edgar Wright has confirmed he will direct a documentary about Sparks. The filmmaker responsible for cult TV show Spaced and the box office hit Baby Driver tweeted: “It’s not the only thing I’m currently developing, but I can confirm this IS in the works.”

Wright filmed the band’s performance at O2 Forum Kentish Town in London this May for the feature-length project. The director is also collecting archive footage of the band for inclusion in the documentary.

The American pop and rock band, formed by brothers Ron and Russell Mael, garnered a cult following with their 1972 self-titled debut album. Sparks influenced many artists and songwriters, especially in the synth-pop and new wave movements, including Siouxsie And The Banshees, Nirvana, The Smiths, and New Order. The brothers spent much of the late 80s and early 90s making films but returned to music with the 1994 album Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins, and the pair continued to make music, releasing six albums since 2000, the latest being 2017’s Hippopotamus.