This striking, startling documentary follows 80s pop sensations Bros – Matt and Luke Goss anyway, Craig Logan is barely even acknowledged – as they try and get ready for a big reunion gig after years of estrangement. A big word-of-mouth hit, it’s been doing such gangbuster business on iPlayer since its initial stealth BBC4 showing late last month that it’s now being treated to a nice showy BBC2 outing tomorrow (Saturday) night at 10.45pm.
Although it’s definitely going to be of more interest to people old enough to remember them (I am), you really don’t have to be a Brosette to watch (I’m not): in fact, it’s probably better if you’re not a fan, since After the Screaming Stops isn’t a film about their music, it’s a film about the damage caused to the now fifty-year old twins and their relationship by the music industry, fame and each other. Watching it is by turns hilarious, awkward, cringe-inducing and sometimes deeply, surprisingly sad. It’s also never less than insightful and interesting, if perhaps a little long. Then again, I was watching it through a flu fog so my attention span may have been sub-optimal. Either way, it’s absolutely worth a look if you ever knew anyone who wore bottletops on their shoes, or I suppose if you have any strong feelings about conkers, because it turns out Matt Goss certainly does. Enjoy.