Anvil: the Story of Anvil

Anvil: the Story of Anvil

Sacha Gervasi (2008)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The spirit of Spinal Tap lives on in this documentary about a real Canadian heavy metal band who enjoyed brief success back in the 1980s, touring with the likes of Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and The Scorpions. The director, former roadie and devoted fan Sacha Gervasi, catches up with his idols years later, as the now 50-something rockers go on a tour of Europe and make plans for their 13th studio album - the absurdly titled, fake-satanic This Is Thirteen. As with Spinal Tap, their story is rich in idiocy and pathos, particularly in a scene where just 174 people show up to see them play at a 10,000-capacity stadium in Transylvania. But the band - singer and guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner - are lovable characters beneath the hair, studs and leather, giving this short, sharp film a warm glow and an infectious good humour that banish any thoughts of a freak show.


Sacha Gervasi's documentary follows Canadian rockers Anvil as they embark on one final push for fame. Despite playing a key role in the birth of speed metal and inspiring bands such as Metallica and Guns N' Roses, Anvil have never succeeded in achieving the recognition they deserved. Now in their 50s, the band head into the studio to record their 13th album and set off on a ramshackle tour of Europe.

Cast & Crew

Director Sacha Gervasi

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: The WorksGuidance: Contains swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Feb 2009
Documentary Music