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Interview: Talking about ‘The Sparks Brothers’ with Edgar Wright

Treckstock Charity Fundraiser, Sept 2009 Held at Bungalow 8. Please Credit: Richard Johnson ©2009

Edgar Wright loves Sparks. Like, really loves them, to the point of wanting to make a music documentary about them. He also really wants you to fall in love with the band. However, he astutely doesn’t assume or presume that you’re already a fan of them. That makes the doc The Sparks Brothers really stand out, since Wright is showing you why he’s so high on them. In doing so, he makes the case for you falling for them as well. Interestingly, so few music documentaries opt to take this route. That’s just one reason why the doc works so well, in addition to his unique filmmaking sensibilities. A few weeks ago, I got the chance to hop on Zoom and talk to him about just that. Now, I present our discussion to you all. And yes, before you ask, it is indeed pretty cool to spend some time with the man.

Below, you can hear my conversation with Wright. Amusingly, we did this chat over Zoom in the midst of him doing others for Last Night in Soho, which he charmingly promotes at the end. Here though, we’re talking Sparks and The Sparks Brothers doc. From how he decided to actually make the film, some of the most amusing bits of the movie, and just how he sees the band, it’s a really good back and forth. He’s clever and fun, as you might imagine, but also definitely eager to get you all on board with Sparks. Wright has a really unique one-two punch this year with Last Night in Soho and The Sparks Brothers, to say the least. Both are out now, so feel free to take in an Edgar Wright double feature…

Here now is my interview with Last Night in Soho and The Sparks Brothers director Edgar Wright. Enjoy:

Both Last Night in Soho and The Sparks Brothers are out now!

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