Anvil! is the story of a Metal band from the 80’s who were part of the early thrash and metal scene that emerged, but never took off in the way that Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and everyone else did, for various reasons. This is a documentary focusing on the two members at the heart of Anvil (guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner) still soldering on 30 years down the line, working by day to make ends meet and playing live at their local in their spare time.
You can’t help but think Spinal Tap as the documentary progresses, but you’re with the guys all they way along. You can see disasters looming in the distance and it eats you up as they appear. It’s also very funny sometimes:
Robb Reiner “Well, I can sum up [our problems] in one word, two words. Well, three words: we haven’t got good management”
It’s a brilliant journey of a film and an advert for perseverance. Since the film’s release the band have headlined a number of festivals and recorded some new material.
5 on 5
Director – Sacha Gervasi
UK Release – 20 February 2009