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Brothers of the Head

Brothers of the Head is a 2005 mockumentary featuring the story of Tom and Barry Howe (Harry and Luke Treadaway respectively), conjoined twins living in the United Kingdom. It was based on the 1977 novel of the same name by science fiction writer Brian Aldiss.

Brothers of the Head
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Brothers of the Head movie poster
Directed byKeith Fulton
Louis Pepe
Written byBrian Aldiss (novel)
Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
StarringHarry Treadaway
Luke Treadaway
Music byClive Langer
CinematographyAnthony Dod Mantle
Edited byNicolas Gaster
Distributed byTartan Films
Release date
  • 10 September 2005 (2005-09-10) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • 6 October 2006 (2006-10-06) (United Kingdom)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$84,425

Tony Grisoni started working on the screenplay in 1984. He met the directors when they were filming Lost in La Mancha about the making of the The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.


In the early 1970s, the twins are essentially purchased by sleazy talent manager with plans to turn them into rock stars. The brothers form a punk rock band called the Bang Bang. As the band's success grows, a music journalist, Laura (Tania Emery), follows the band writing an article. A romantic relationship develops between Laura and Tom causing friction between the two brothers.


Production triviaEdit

Brian Aldiss, the writer of the original novel, filmed a cameo, however it was cut out and replaced by an actor portraying him. Deleted scenes make it clear that in the continuity of the film, Aldiss based his novel on a real life case. In the backstory of the action, Ken Russell (who appears in the film as himself and makes references to his previous rock and roll-based film, Tommy), had attempted to make his own uncompleted film version of the "true" story.

Ex-Crackout members Steven Eagles, Nicholas Millard and Jack Dunkley also have cameos. They also provided the soundtrack to the movie.

All Bang-Bang music tracks featured in the film were actually performed live by actors Harry and Luke Treadaway themselves, along with the actors portraying the band members. The Treadaways, along with all the actors except Bryan Dick (Paul Day), recorded studio tracks for the soundtrack album.

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