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Aro Favourite Anvil: The Story of Anvil


USA 2008, 80 minutes
Dir. Sacha Gervasi
Rating: [M]
Genres: Documentary, Music / Grunge & Metal

Topics: Mid-life.


Aroview: Not a mock-umentary as you might suspect, but just as amusing and vital as the iconic parody SPINAL TAP, this tells the all-too-real story of the band "Anvil", who enjoyed fleeting success in the early 80's as the influential "demigods of Canadian metal" before fading into obscurity.

Twelve albums later and now in their 50's, we follow former school chums Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner through their banal day-jobs, ropey European tour and recording of their new album, observing an affecting brotherly chemistry that is also fraught with stress and frustration. Astutely made and surprisingly poignant, this is one doco that will undoubtedly help restore the respect and cult celebrity that its lovable 'unsung heroes' both crave and deserve.

"Best documentary I've seen in years" - Michael Moore

NZ International Film Festival 2008

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • deleted scenes

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