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