Anvil! The Story Of Anvil

Directed by Sacha Gervasi
  • USA
  • 80 minutes
  • 2008

The Story of Anvil reveals, very  few people have been willing to take a  punt on these ‘demigods of heavy metal’  throughout their career. Formed in Toronto  by two school friends, Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow  and Robb Reiner, the band gained some  fans and respect by their second album,  1982’s Metal on Metal, but from there they  drifted into obscurity.  Now in their 50s, the two men are  touchingly still dedicated to following their  rock dreams, even as each glimmer of  encouragement they get is being snuffed  out.

Filmmaker Sacha Gervasi is allowed  incredible access to the band, portraying  their eccentricities, anxieties, confrontations  and meltdowns with frankness, but never  without affection, and you can’t help but  admire the crazed conviction they have, no  matter how many setbacks they face. Get  ready to raise a devil horns salute to Anvil;  long may it rock! 

Director Sacha Gervasi and Anvil will be in attendance  at this screening.


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Steve Kudlow, Robb Reiner,Glenn Gyorffy