Brothers of the Head: Rise and Fall of British Glam Band, Headed by Conjoined Twins

Easily the most disturbing and haunting film this summer, Brothers of the Head, the story of the rise and fall of a 1970s British glam band headed by conjoined twins, is remarkable for defying easy categorization.
The film avoids sensationalism of a tough, easily exploitable subject, and finding an original mode, a compellingly authentic faux documentary, of narrating a darkly bizarre yet touching tale.

First, a word about what “Brothers of the Head” is not. Though containing plenty of rock music and wild humor, it’s not a mockumentary a la “This Is Spinal Tape” and its many imitators. And though the film deals with Siamese twins, it doesn’t present them as freaks for silly comedic purposes, as the Farrelly brothers did in “Stuck on You” (with Matt Damon and Gregg Kinnear).

Reflecting their background in non-fiction, directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (who previously chronicled the disastrous results of Terry Gilliam’s effort to make a movie about Don Quixote in “Lost in La Mancha”) have found the right style to tell a darker than dark story. The film intersperses footage of the protagonists-brothers with interviews and commentary from various individuals who took part in their lives, such as doctors, reporters, musicians, and lovers.

As written by Tony Grisoni, who earlier wrote Gilliam’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “In This World,” the script draws on Brian Aldiss’s noted book, centering on such intriguing issues as individual identity, love and sexuality, cooperation and rivalry, homoeroticism and sheer madness.

Episodic by nature, and maybe a tad too fractured for its own good, the tale unfolds as a feverishly mind-bending journey that, despite the built-in shocking elements largely dictated by the source material, also manages to be both tender and emotionally touching.

Tom and Barry Howe (played by physically separated twin brothers Harry and Luke Treadaway) are plucked from obscurity by a 1970s music promoter and groomed into a boy band. They grapple with impossible love, artistic rivalry, seduction into the drug scene, and finally descent into a dark inner life that’s madness.

The yarn begins when the duo are callously handed over by their destitute father to impresario Zak Bedderwick (Howard Attfield) and sent off to a secluded countryside mansion, where they’re physically abused. Constantly filmed by a documentarian, they are groomed to be a music act dubbed The Bang Bang.

At first, the twins seem (but only seem) to embrace their freakishness and channel their anxieties into music, a searing Punk Rock. The film’s early chapters detail their quick rise and raucous ride through the seamy underground of 1970s British rock (which was very different from its American counterpart).

What begins superficially like a carnival sideshow, not unlike David Lynch’s “The Elephant Man,” gradually turns into something more bizarre and disturbing. In short order, Barry, the angrier and gutsier of the two, shaves his hair into a modified Mohawk. To vent their rage, the duo scrawl cryptic lyrics and draw elaborate obscenities on their bathroom’s walls. There are also near-surreal sequences meant to evoke the brothers’ shared dreams and nightmares, one involving masturbation is truly disturbing.

Turning point occurs, when the twins meet journalist Laura Adhworth, who sets out to write a serious piece about the “media exploitation of the ‘disabled’ Howe brothers. Rudley informed that her theme doesn’t interest the twins, she nonetheless persists and soon becomes a fixture in the studio, with her tape-recorder as ubiquitous as Eddie’s camera previously was (See below).

Further complications arise, when Tom and Laura develop attraction for each other. Tragically, attached as he was to his sibling at the hip, Barry has not choice but to become involved. To a point, the romantic rivalry sparks the brothers’ creativity, and they soon develop a repertoire of songs good enough to cut a record.

Ready for their London debut, the Howes begin performing in the cramped back room of the King’s Head. The audience jeers not least because of the homoerotic elements of the performance; the brothers can’t keep their hands off one another. But the show also confirms Zak’s gut feeling, that the Howes are going to be huge, based on their physical looks, sexual appeal and, as he says, “fucking freakishness.” Zak’s shameless desire to use the boys’ physiological condition as a selling point is countered by Tom and Barry’s own deliberate attempts at self-commercialization.

As always, fame takes its toll, and there’s also the ghostly vestige of a third, malign twin that begins to rear its head (the most graphically disturbing scene in the picture). The twins quickly descend into a twilight world of envy and betrayal. As their hostility escalate, they disappear back to their family home and soon after their lives come to a truly grisly end, that cannot be described here.

Admirably, the filmmakers maintain the right distance from their text with an approach that’s neither too detached or too clinical nor too personal, instead presenting a humanly empathetic investigation of the boys’ inner psyches and souls. They intersperse fascinating footage of Barry and Tom’s musical apprenticeship, their club performances, and their hedonistic (ab) use of drugs.

The film is not perfect. The transitions from sequence to sequence are sometimes rough and abrupt, and occasionally, the filmmakers don’t maintain a balanced treatment and go for the more overtly satirical episodes, such as the interview with eccentric director Ken Russell and clips from his shelved, Gothic-like (what else from Russell) biopicture of the conjoined rockers. Moreover, it’s never clear whether Laura really wrote to a surgeon to investigate the possibility of separating the two; different medical and psychological opinions are offered on this subject.

At its best, “Brothers of the Head” provides insightful glimpse into an intimate relationship that’s complex and multi-nuanced, by turns creative and destructive, beautiful and sad, life enhancing and fatally doomed. I highly recommend that you see this poignant portrait of the physical and spiritual bonds that unite and divide.

Background information

Most of the film is set in 1974-1975.  Born in 1956, conjoined twins Tom and Barry Howe spent their childhood with the father and older sister in an isolated cottage on the shores of L’Estrange Head, on the east coast of England. Their mother died shortly after the twins were born; local gossip suggests it might have been the sight of her infant sons that killed her.

After her death, the father took his family to a remote corner of the country to keep them from the public eye. When the twins reached the age of 18, in 1974, their father sold them to Zak Bedderwick, the musical impresario and former Vaudeville child star.

xosotin chelseathông tin chuyển nhượngcâu lạc bộ bóng đá arsenalbóng đá atalantabundesligacầu thủ haalandUEFAevertonxosokeonhacaiketquabongdalichthidau7m.newskqbdtysokeobongdabongdalufutebol ao vivofutemaxmulticanaisonbetbsport.fitonbet88.oooi9bet.bizhi88.ooookvip.atf8bet.atfb88.cashvn88.cashshbet.atbóng đá world cupbóng đá inter milantin juventusbenzemala ligaclb leicester cityMUman citymessi lionelsalahnapolineymarpsgronaldoserie atottenhamvalenciaAS ROMALeverkusenac milanmbappenapolinewcastleaston villaliverpoolfa cupreal madridpremier leagueAjaxbao bong da247EPLbarcelonabournemouthaff cupasean footballbên lề sân cỏbáo bóng đá mớibóng đá cúp thế giớitin bóng đá ViệtUEFAbáo bóng đá việt namHuyền thoại bóng đágiải ngoại hạng anhSeagametap chi bong da the gioitin bong da lutrận đấu hôm nayviệt nam bóng đátin nong bong daBóng đá nữthể thao 7m24h bóng đábóng đá hôm naythe thao ngoai hang anhtin nhanh bóng đáphòng thay đồ bóng đábóng đá phủikèo nhà cái onbetbóng đá lu 2thông tin phòng thay đồthe thao vuaapp đánh lô đềdudoanxosoxổ số giải đặc biệthôm nay xổ sốkèo đẹp hôm nayketquaxosokq xskqxsmnsoi cầu ba miềnsoi cau thong kesxkt hôm naythế giới xổ sốxổ số 24hxo.soxoso3mienxo so ba mienxoso dac bietxosodientoanxổ số dự đoánvé số chiều xổxoso ket quaxosokienthietxoso kq hôm nayxoso ktxổ số megaxổ số mới nhất hôm nayxoso truc tiepxoso ViệtSX3MIENxs dự đoánxs mien bac hom nayxs miên namxsmientrungxsmn thu 7con số may mắn hôm nayKQXS 3 miền Bắc Trung Nam Nhanhdự đoán xổ số 3 miềndò vé sốdu doan xo so hom nayket qua xo xoket qua xo so.vntrúng thưởng xo sokq xoso trực tiếpket qua xskqxs 247số miền nams0x0 mienbacxosobamien hôm naysố đẹp hôm naysố đẹp trực tuyếnnuôi số đẹpxo so hom quaxoso ketquaxstruc tiep hom nayxổ số kiến thiết trực tiếpxổ số kq hôm nayso xo kq trực tuyenkết quả xổ số miền bắc trực tiếpxo so miền namxổ số miền nam trực tiếptrực tiếp xổ số hôm nayket wa xsKQ XOSOxoso onlinexo so truc tiep hom nayxsttso mien bac trong ngàyKQXS3Msố so mien bacdu doan xo so onlinedu doan cau loxổ số kenokqxs vnKQXOSOKQXS hôm naytrực tiếp kết quả xổ số ba miềncap lo dep nhat hom naysoi cầu chuẩn hôm nayso ket qua xo soXem kết quả xổ số nhanh nhấtSX3MIENXSMB chủ nhậtKQXSMNkết quả mở giải trực tuyếnGiờ vàng chốt số OnlineĐánh Đề Con Gìdò số miền namdò vé số hôm nayso mo so debach thủ lô đẹp nhất hôm naycầu đề hôm naykết quả xổ số kiến thiết toàn quốccau dep 88xsmb rong bach kimket qua xs 2023dự đoán xổ số hàng ngàyBạch thủ đề miền BắcSoi Cầu MB thần tàisoi cau vip 247soi cầu tốtsoi cầu miễn phísoi cau mb vipxsmb hom nayxs vietlottxsmn hôm naycầu lô đẹpthống kê lô kép xổ số miền Bắcquay thử xsmnxổ số thần tàiQuay thử XSMTxổ số chiều nayxo so mien nam hom nayweb đánh lô đề trực tuyến uy tínKQXS hôm nayxsmb ngày hôm nayXSMT chủ nhậtxổ số Power 6/55KQXS A trúng roycao thủ chốt sốbảng xổ số đặc biệtsoi cầu 247 vipsoi cầu wap 666Soi cầu miễn phí 888 VIPSoi Cau Chuan MBđộc thủ desố miền bắcthần tài cho sốKết quả xổ số thần tàiXem trực tiếp xổ sốXIN SỐ THẦN TÀI THỔ ĐỊACầu lô số đẹplô đẹp vip 24hsoi cầu miễn phí 888xổ số kiến thiết chiều nayXSMN thứ 7 hàng tuầnKết quả Xổ số Hồ Chí Minhnhà cái xổ số Việt NamXổ Số Đại PhátXổ số mới nhất Hôm Nayso xo mb hom nayxxmb88quay thu mbXo so Minh ChinhXS Minh Ngọc trực tiếp hôm nayXSMN 88XSTDxs than taixổ số UY TIN NHẤTxs vietlott 88SOI CẦU SIÊU CHUẨNSoiCauVietlô đẹp hôm nay vipket qua so xo hom naykqxsmb 30 ngàydự đoán xổ số 3 miềnSoi cầu 3 càng chuẩn xácbạch thủ lônuoi lo chuanbắt lô chuẩn theo ngàykq xo-solô 3 càngnuôi lô đề siêu vipcầu Lô Xiên XSMBđề về bao nhiêuSoi cầu x3xổ số kiến thiết ngày hôm nayquay thử xsmttruc tiep kết quả sxmntrực tiếp miền bắckết quả xổ số chấm vnbảng xs đặc biệt năm 2023soi cau xsmbxổ số hà nội hôm naysxmtxsmt hôm nayxs truc tiep mbketqua xo so onlinekqxs onlinexo số hôm nayXS3MTin xs hôm nayxsmn thu2XSMN hom nayxổ số miền bắc trực tiếp hôm naySO XOxsmbsxmn hôm nay188betlink188 xo sosoi cầu vip 88lô tô việtsoi lô việtXS247xs ba miềnchốt lô đẹp nhất hôm naychốt số xsmbCHƠI LÔ TÔsoi cau mn hom naychốt lô chuẩndu doan sxmtdự đoán xổ số onlinerồng bạch kim chốt 3 càng miễn phí hôm naythống kê lô gan miền bắcdàn đề lôCầu Kèo Đặc Biệtchốt cầu may mắnkết quả xổ số miền bắc hômSoi cầu vàng 777thẻ bài onlinedu doan mn 888soi cầu miền nam vipsoi cầu mt vipdàn de hôm nay7 cao thủ chốt sốsoi cau mien phi 7777 cao thủ chốt số nức tiếng3 càng miền bắcrồng bạch kim 777dàn de bất bạion newsddxsmn188betw88w88789bettf88sin88suvipsunwintf88five8812betsv88vn88Top 10 nhà cái uy tínsky88iwinlucky88nhacaisin88oxbetm88vn88w88789betiwinf8betrio66rio66lucky88oxbetvn88188bet789betMay-88five88one88sin88bk88xbetoxbetMU88188BETSV88RIO66ONBET88188betM88M88SV88Jun-68Jun-88one88iwinv9betw388OXBETw388w388onbetonbetonbetonbet88onbet88onbet88onbet88onbetonbetonbetonbetqh88mu88Nhà cái uy tínpog79vp777vp777vipbetvipbetuk88uk88typhu88typhu88tk88tk88sm66sm66me88me888live8live8livesm66me88win798livesm66me88win79pog79pog79vp777vp777uk88uk88tk88tk88luck8luck8kingbet86kingbet86k188k188hr99hr99123b8xbetvnvipbetsv66zbettaisunwin-vntyphu88vn138vwinvwinvi68ee881xbetrio66zbetvn138i9betvipfi88clubcf68onbet88ee88typhu88onbetonbetkhuyenmai12bet-moblie12betmoblietaimienphi247vi68clupcf68clupvipbeti9betqh88onb123onbefsoi cầunổ hũbắn cáđá gàđá gàgame bàicasinosoi cầuxóc đĩagame bàigiải mã giấc mơbầu cuaslot gamecasinonổ hủdàn đềBắn cácasinodàn đềnổ hũtài xỉuslot gamecasinobắn cáđá gàgame bàithể thaogame bàisoi cầukqsssoi cầucờ tướngbắn cágame bàixóc đĩa开云体育开云体育开云体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育亚新体育亚新体育亚新体育爱游戏爱游戏爱游戏华体会华体会华体会IM体育IM体育沙巴体育沙巴体育PM体育PM体育AG尊龙AG尊龙AG尊龙AG百家乐AG百家乐AG百家乐AG真人AG真人<AG真人<皇冠体育皇冠体育PG电子PG电子万博体育万博体育KOK体育KOK体育欧宝体育江南体育江南体育江南体育半岛体育半岛体育半岛体育凯发娱乐凯发娱乐杏彩体育杏彩体育杏彩体育FB体育PM真人PM真人<米乐娱乐米乐娱乐天博体育天博体育开元棋牌开元棋牌j9九游会j9九游会开云体育AG百家乐AG百家乐AG真人AG真人爱游戏华体会华体会im体育kok体育开云体育开云体育开云体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育欧宝体育ob体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育开云体育开云体育棋牌棋牌沙巴体育买球平台新葡京娱乐开云体育mu88qh88