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Edgar Wright is making a documentary about Sparks
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Edgar Wright is making a documentary about Sparks

Baby Driver and Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright has revealed that he is currently working on a documentary about eccentric pop duo Sparks. Speaking to Indiewire, Wright revealed that he has already filmed their recent gig London's O2 Kentish Town Forum as part of a documentary project he is working on about the pair, and is currently combing through archive material, such as their early appearances on Top of the Pops, to use in the new film.

Sparks released their debut album Halfnelson - which was also the group's name initially - in 1971 before re-releasing the LP in 197 under the name Sparks, changing the name of the group to match. Since then the pair have gone on to release over 20 studio albums and their quirky, theatrical stylings have been cited as an influence by a range of artists including New Order, Depeche Mode and Duran Duran.

The documentary is understood to be one of several new projects the Wright has in the works, although the director has remained tight-lipped on the others. There is no title or mooted release date for the film as yet, but the director explained: "The rest of is it to be determined and we’re currently scouring the archives. I have been a fan of them since I saw them on Top Of The Pops in 1979 – and when I had Beat The Clock on vinyl."

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