Status Quo docu goes to Germany, U.K.

K5 sells pic to Studiocanal, Anchor Bay


Studiocanal in Germany and Anchor Bay in the U.K. have acquired “Hello Quo,” a documentary about denim-clad rockers Status Quo, from K5 Intl.

The film delves into the 50-year history of the band, best known for durable tunes such as “Rockin’ All Over the World,” and for their resolutely unfashionable dress sense and hairstyles.

Pic, directed by Alan G. Parker, is described as “a hilarious, rollicking and sometimes poignant journey,” with lashings of “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll,” suggesting echoes of a real-life “This Is Spinal Tap.”

Since its origin in 1962, the band’s total worldwide album sales have topped 120 million, with six number-one selling LPs and 60 hit singles.

Carl Clifton, head of sales at K5, said, “Status Quo are up there with the best of them — for the longevity of the band and their unique sound. They still play huge shows all over the world — not just in the U.K. and their second home Germany, but in France, Scandinavia, Benelux, Australia and beyond. They still totally rock, and this documentary is a real treat not just to their fans but to all fans of music.”

“Hello Quo” was produced by Alexa Morris. It includes interviews with many fellow musicians, including Brian May of Queen, Paul Weller and Jeff Lyne.

Parker is a seasoned documentary-maker, whose credits include “Never Mind the Sex Pistols” and “Rebel Truce: The Story of the Clash.” He earned an Emmy nomination in 2010 for “Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyers’ Cut).”

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