Never Turn Your Back On Sparks

Director Pini Schatz
Israel / 56 min. / 2014 / English, Hebrew.


 

A freckly, 50-year-old Israeli director attempts to make sense of his obsession with Sparks. Who’s more eccentric? The duo or the audience?  Fans, produces, kimonos and a “laminator” (don’t ask) parade before us Jello Biafra, Tony Visconti and Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) participate in this hilarious, vibrant glimpse at obsession, excellence and otherness.

 

Hilarious. Starts off like an old-school Chaplin film. A list of Sparks' fans reels off: Morrissey, Bjork, Depeche Mode, Devo. We're rapidly offered an explanation: all this comes from a freckly 50-year old Israeli that needed "someone to justify" his obsession with Sparks (since 1975). And his way of understanding himself is by conducting interviews with fans of the group. Who's more eccentric? The duo or the audience? To unravel the mystery and simultaneously illustrate Sparks' bizarre formula, all kinds of personalities parade across the screen: rational fans, off-their-rocker fans: producers of the group, a kimono saleswoman and a "lamination minister" (don't ask). The director submits himself to all the tests (including preaching the gospel of Sparks in Jerusalem), while he revisits his own life since the pair transformed it. Jello Biafra, Tony Visconti and Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) participate in this rib-tickling, vibrant glimpse at obsession, excellence and otherness.

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Details
Subtitles
O.V. subtitles in Catalan

Showing format

Participation
in festivals
Haifa International Film Festival.

Leadings
Sparks, Tony Visconti, Gemma Ray, Kristian Hoffman, Jonathan Bar Giora, Izhar Ashdot, Yair Nitzani, Joe Elliott, Jello Biafra.

Screenwriter(s)
Jonathan Bar-Giora, Pinchas Schatz

Editor(s)
Dov Steuer

Camera
Ohad Milstein, Ohad Ezra-Yael

Sound designer
Aviv Aldema

Music Composer
Ron Mael, Russel Mael

Producer

Film company
Vice Versa Films

Film distributor

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