Status Quo Will Reunite After 25 Years To Celebrate The Release Of Hello Quo – The Definitive Documentary On The Rock Band
The original band members of legendary British band STATUS QUO will reunite after 25 years to celebrate the new cinema release of definitive fly on the wall documentary HELLO QUO on Monday 22nd October 2012.
Directed by Emmy Award nomineeAlan G. Parker (Monty Python: Almost the Truth, Who Killed Nancy), HELLO QUO tells the candid story of Status Quo’s 50 years as a touring and recording rock band, fully supported by the band and featuring input from a host of the biggest names in rock – including: Brian May of Queen, Thin Lizzy, Buzzcocks, Slade, Paul Weller, Sir Cliff Richard and Midge Ure.
STATUS QUO has sold 128 million worldwide albums, has 22 Top 10 hits and has spent 415 weeks in the UK singles chart and has had more chart hits than any other rock group. Their last album Quid Pro Quo was a top 10 hit and their 29th studio album. HELLO QUO collects hours of previously unseen footage and classic live material with full exclusive access to all band members.
On Monday 22nd October the original band members will reunite for a special one night only screening of HELLO QUO in cinemas across the UK and a simultaneous UK Film Premiere in London’s Leicester Square with an exclusive Q&A with the band. The DVD, Blu-ray and Collectors Edition DVD of HELLO QUO will go on sale 29th October.
Director Alan G. Parker said: “I’m the last director in the world to look like I was right for this project but then the same could be said of Monty Python and I love what we’ve done. I believe we’ve made a film that’s as good as the group.”
Rod Smith, Acquisitions Director at Anchor Bay Entertainment said: “Anchor Bay are excited to be working with such iconic and much loved British rock legends as Status Quo. We are proud to be associated with the band during such an exciting time in their long and successful history. This remarkable film is destined to be a smash success and a perfect Christmas gift for all lovers of great music.”
About Alan G Parker
Alan G Parker started out his career in the music industry at the age of 20, following a few years as a band manager/promoter in a remote part of Lancashire! He moved to London in 1985 where over a period of almost 20 years he was, at one time or another, a press officer, a writer (18 books published to date) and the project co-ordinator in back catalogue at EMI Records, working with artists like; Stiff Little Fingers, Buzzcocks, The Stranglers, Sex Pistols, Slade, The Ramones, Blondie, Big Country, The Alarm, The Who, Whitesnake, UFO, The Mighty Wah!, Spear of Destiny/Theatre of Hate, Terrorvision, The Almighty, Monty Python, The Carry On Team, UFO, Saxon, Whitesnake & The Jam.
During his later years at the label Parker also became a staff member at ICE magazine with his own column ‘The Gimmick’ while also contributing to other ‘lads’ magazines.
In 2001 he travelled to New York with Director Don Letts and Producer Martin Baker (son of actor Stanley), while on US soil they witnessed 9/11 first hand, made a documentary about the NYC underground scene and Parker made some big career choices. Upon returning to London he left EMI behind and joined forces with both Letts and Baker as a researcher the three of them completed two more full length documentary movies including the critically acclaimed ‘All Mod Cons: The Jam’ (Universal Music) via a company they jointly owned named Diamond Films Ltd.
Parker directed his first feature length documentary ‘Never Mind the Sex Pistols’ for 2 Entertain/BBC 3 in 2005. Since then his critically acclaimed and hugely successful ‘Who Killed Nancy’ (Soda Pictures) saw him carry off the BBC Radio 6 best new Director of 2009. ‘Rebel Truce: The Story of The Clash’ (Eagle Entertainment) was named best documentary of 2007 by Time Out magazine. While his next cinema release ‘Monty Python: Almost the Truth’ (Eagle Rock Entertainment/IFC) saw him nominated Stateside for an Emmy. ‘Hello Quo: The Official Status Quo Story’ (K5/M500/Duroc Media/AG & AB Productions) will be his third film for the big screen and opens in the UK in October 2012. He is one half of the company A Geezer & A Blonde Productions London Ltd, along with Producer Alexa Morris. They both live in the Maida Vale area of London.
About Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anchor Bay Entertainment is one of the leading distributors of independent feature films and home entertainment product and the home entertainment division of Starz Media, LLC. It includes the Anchor Bay Entertainment, Anchor Bay Films and Manga Entertainment brands. ??Anchor Bay Entertainment distributes feature films, quality children’s entertainment, original fitness programming, TV series, documentaries, anime and other filmed entertainment on Blu-ray™ and DVD formats. It is the exclusive distributor in the U.S. of the theatrical titles from Overture Films. ??Anchor Bay Films was launched in December 2008. It is unique in that it offers the creative community a fully integrated distribution capability and an international solution extending beyond the U.S. Anchor Bay Films is on the ground providing quality distribution with operations in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, as well as distribution capabilities in other key territories. The company focuses on a platform release strategy for its films with an eye toward maximizing their potential across all ancillary distribution platforms. In its first eighteen months, Anchor Bay Films had quickly acquired over 40 titles. Recent acquisitions include The Irishman starring Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer and Vincent D’Onofrio, the remake of the 1970 cult classic And Soon the Darkness and the much anticipated remake of the 1978 cult classic I Spit on Your Grave. ??Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Starz Media(www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group.