Brothers of the Head (2006)



Critic Consensus: As bizarre as it is, this mockumentary about a pair of conjoined rockers is surprisingly poignant and filled with authentic period details.

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"Brothers of the Head" is the feverish, mind-bending odyssey of conjoined twins Tom and Barry Howe who were plucked from obscurity by a 1970s music promoter and groomed into a boy band. Grappling with impossible love, artistic rivalry, and a dark inner life, the twins embrace their freakishness and spit it back in the form of searing Punk Rock. Brothers of the Head is a raucous ride through the seamy underground of '70s rock, and an unsettling glimpse into a relationship that is as beautiful as it is destructive.
R (for language, drug use and sexuality)
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Harry Treadaway
as Tom Howe
Luke Treadaway
as Barry Howe
Bryan Dick
as Paul Day
Howard Attfield
as Zak Bedderwick
Tom Bower
as Eddie Pasqua
Ken Russell
as Himself
Tania Emery
as Laura Ashworth (1970s)
Sean Harris
as Nick Sidney
Jonathan Pryce
as Henry Couling
Jane Horrocks
as Roberta Howe
Elizabeth Rider
as Roberta Howe
Luke Wagner
as Young Zak
Anna Nygh
as Zak's Mum/Rita Bedderwick
Ed Hogg
as Chris Dervish
Brian Aldiss
as James Greene
John Simm
as Boatman
Ray Cooper
as Himself
Ken Bones
as Henry Couling
Kenneth Hadley
as Pub Manager
Roger Watkins
as Old Howe (Two-Way Romeo)
Diana Kent
as Laura Ashworth
Jack Dunkley
as Record Producer
Jeffrey Wickham
as Sir Allardyce Stevens
Joe Van Moyland
as Druggy Friend
Tom Sturridge
as Barry Howe
Barbara Ewing
as Dr. Janice Marsden
Isabel Skinner
as Concert Vox Pops
Michelle Bayton
as Concert Vox Pops
Gillian Farr
as Concert Vox Pops
Roger Spottiswoode
as Concert Vox Pops
Neil McKay
as Concert Vox Pops
Matthew Pearson
as Concert Vox Pops
Kieran Rushby
as Concert Vox Pops
Kristel George
as Concert Vox Pops
Jeffry Wickham
as Sir Allardyce Stevens
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Critic Reviews for Brothers of the Head

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (22)

The credible feel of this film-within-the-film remains an achievement; it's neither mocking nor parodic and nearly always deadly serious.

Full Review… | October 4, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Undermined by its form: strange as it ought to be, the mockumentary conventions of the movie make everything strangely familiar.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's two-thirds of one of the year's best movies.

Full Review… | August 12, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

... the story of British conjoined twins turned underground punk-rock tragic figures can't be ignored, if not for the ingenious way of disguising truth, then for the unsettling presentation of human emotions.

Full Review… | August 11, 2006
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

So cleverly constructed that it's easy to be taken in and believe these twins really rocked.

Full Review… | August 4, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A provocative but oddly unsatisfying film experiment.

August 4, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Brothers of the Head


Manages to overcome its freak show premise with a serious look at a conjoined twins' struggle with life.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

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.

Keysha H
Keysha H

Super Reviewer


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 Smith
Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

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