Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe‘s debut feature “Brothers of the Head” will have its London premiere at the 14th Raindance Film Festival, opening the event, which will screen 80 feature-length and 150 short films September 27 – October 8. Music will feature heavily in the festival’s line up. “Brothers” is the story of Tom and Barry Howe, conjoined twins plucked from obscurity and thrust into the burgeoning punk rock scene of the mid Seventies. The unbearable tensions within the twins’ relationship is further complicated by the added pressure of imminent fame, the band leave the Howes brothers in a potentially deadly situation.
Rock documentary “Too Tough to Die: A Tribute to Johnny Ramone” is slated for October 4. The film captures a benefit concert that celebrates seminal punk band The Ramones‘ 30th anniversary that raised money for cancer research. The concert was held as a tribute to Johnny Ramone on September 12, 2004, just two days before his death. Performances by Deborah Harry, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dickies, X and Eddie Vedder are featured in the film. Marky Ramone will be present for the screening and will participate in Q & A with the audience.
Jonathan Demme‘s “Neil Young: Heart of Gold” is joining this year’s Raindance roster. Shot over two nights, the doc features the popular singer’s performance at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Lian Lunson‘s “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man” is also slated, and features performances by musicians that were influenced by the legendary singer-songwriter.
Stanley Kubrick will be feted at the festival with a 35th anniversary screening of “A Clockwork Orange.” Also on tap is Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” and documentary, “Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures,” hosted by Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s long-time executive producer and brother-in-law, who directed the film.
Closing the festival October 8 is the world premiere of British comedy “Scenes of a Sexual Nature” by newcomer Ed Blum. Following seven couple as they explore love, sex and relationships one sunny afternoon on Hampstead Heath, the film’s all-British cast includes Ewan McGregor, comedienne Catherine Tate, Oscar-nominated actress Sophie Okonedo, and Adrian Lester.
[For more information and a full line up, visit the festival’s website.]