Thursday, 13 December 2018

Metallers biopic gets UK premiere

A HEAVY METAL fan from Henley has hired a screen at the Regal Picturehouse to stage

A HEAVY METAL fan from Henley has hired a screen at the Regal Picturehouse to stage a UK documentary film premiere of Twisted Sister.

Guy Shankland, of Greys Road, Henley, will host the private screening at the cinema on Sunday (December 6).

Filmed by Andrew Horn, it recounts the first 10 years of Twisted Sister before they became one of the biggest heavy metal acts of the Eighties. Band members, managers and their biggest fans all feature as well as a surprising amount of fan footage.

Guy, a fan since 1985, and for whom Twisted Sister was the first band he saw perform live couldn’t believe that the band’s film had not been shown anywhere in the UK.

He said: “I have been a fan of the band for 30 years. The film was funded by a Kickstarter campaign but was only shown in America and Europe in small screens and film festivals.

“I contacted Andrew, who put me in touch with the distributor, to see whether I could get a copy of the film to show here. There were a lot of maybes but, after seven months, we have got to the stage where we are at now.”

Guy paid £850 to hire a screen at the Regal and £100 to the distributor for the film. He hopes to recoup most of the money through selling tickets.

He added: “It is a rock documentary and lasts for about two hours but it is slightly different from other similar documentaries.

Twisted Sister is also about the changing face of America, the social changes such as changes to the alcohol drinking age.”

He added: “There’s also a lot of fan footage, which is quite unusual for the time as there were no videos on mobile phones.”

The screening starts at 6pm and tickets are £12 each. They can be bought on the door, which is cash only, or via

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