BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
International documentary

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Anvil! The Story of Anvil
USA / 2008 / 90 min
Sacha Gervasi
The heavy metal band Anvil influenced a musical generation – including Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax

At 14, Toronto school friends Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, became the "demigods of Canadian metal", releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history: 1982's "Metal on Metal". The album influenced a musical generation, including Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, and sold millions of records. But Anvil's career took a different path – straight to obscurity.

Director Sacha Gervasi has concocted a wonderful and often hilarious account of Anvil's last-ditch quest for elusive fame and fortune. His ingenious filmmaking may first lead you to think this a mockumentary, but it isn't.

Sacha Gervasi

London native Sacha Gervasi (b. 1966) earned a degree in modern history from King's College London. After working for British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes at the Arvon Foundation, he attended the graduate screenwriting program at UCLA, where he twice won the BAFTA/LA scholarship. Gervasi's writing credits include THE TERMINAL and THE BIG TEASE. The last journalist to interview Hervé Villechaize, six days before the actor committed suicide in 1993, Gervasi will next write and direct the true story of Villechaize's final week. ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL is his directorial debut.