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As bizarre as it is, this mockumentary about a pair of conjoined rockers is surprisingly poignant and filled with authentic period details. Read critic reviews

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Untalented but charismatic, conjoined twins Barry (Harry Treadaway) and Tom (Luke Treadaway) Howe become rock stars in 1970s England, until the usual perils of fame -- drugs, alcohol and women -- create dissension. File footage and interviews chronicle the brothers' rise and fall.

Cast & Crew

Sean Harris
Nick Sidney
Elizabeth Rider
Roberta Howe
Tom Bower
Eddie Pasqua
Jonathan Pryce
Henry Couling
Jane Horrocks
Roberta Howe
Gail Egan
Producer
Anthony Dod Mantle
Cinematographer
Jon Henson
Production Designer
Peter Carlton
Executive Producer
Tessa Ross
Executive Producer
Kate Ogborn
Executive Producer
Clive Langer
Composer
Jon Henson
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Critic Reviews for Brothers of the Head

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  • The twins are played by 19-year-old real-life brothers Luke and Harry Treadaway. They're sexy, touching and macabre, and you can't keep your eyes off them.

    February 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Despite the odd moment of visual bravura, this mockumentary is too aware of its own satirical daring. Consequently, it's never as dark, dangerous or amusing as it thinks.

    October 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The credible feel of this film-within-the-film remains an achievement; it's neither mocking nor parodic and nearly always deadly serious.

    October 5, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Co-directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe have a gift for making fake footage look like the real deal. But they're not so hot when it comes to simulating human drama.

    October 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An astonishing twinning of wild imagination and drop-dead realism.

    September 23, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Undermined by its form: strange as it ought to be, the mockumentary conventions of the movie make everything strangely familiar.

    August 18, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Brothers of the Head

  • Dec 20, 2008
    Manages to overcome its freak show premise with a serious look at a conjoined twins' struggle with life.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2008
    I really like the music in this film, and the idea of conjoined-twin punk rockers is fairly unique to the faux-documentry genre. I wish there was a little more of a background story, it would have made for a deeper connection to the characters.
    Hogans H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2008
    The worst ruination of an awesome premise since David Cronenberg's Crash. You couldn't make a more dull film on purpose. Seriously, all I can remember about this movie is that it has conjoined twins in it, and you can see that from the front of the goddamn DVD case. Also, there's one scene where they throw a brick at someone, and a scene where they make out at a photoshoot which was probably the most entertaining thing in the whole movie. But all of this is just...numbing. Styleless. Mirthless. A God-awful waste of time.
    Drew S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2007
    Oh boy...another band film this time with conjoined twins. It still doesn't do it for me.
    John B Super Reviewer

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