AFM 2012: K5 Sells Status Quo Documentary to U.K., Germany

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Anchor Bay and Studiocanal pick up Alan G. Parker's film, which traces the rise of the legendary British pop band.

COLOGNE, Germany - British/German sales group K5 has sold documentary Hello Quo about U.K. rock band Status Quo to Studiocanal in Germany and Anchor Bay in the U.K.

The deals for the “rockumentary” come ahead of the American Film Market, where K5 will be presenting Alan G. Parker's film to international buyers.

The documentary, produced by Alexa Morris, features interviews about Status Quo with such music bigwigs as Brian May of Queen, Thin Lizzy, The Buzzcocks, Slade, Paul Weller of The Jam, The Sweet and artist and producer Jeff Lynne, originally of ELO.  

Hello Quo traces the band's history from its origins in 1962 to the present. It is described as “"a hilarious, rollicking and sometimes poignant journey.”

Status Quo became known for its own brand of rock music, dubbed boogie rock, and had such hits as "Paper Plane" and "In the Army Now." The band has recorded more than 60 chart hits in the U.K., with 22 reaching the U.K. top 10. The band’s total worldwide album sales top 120 million.

Director Parker has made a name for himself with rockumentaries, with credits including the movies Never Mind the Sex Pistols, Who Killed Nancy, about the death of the girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, and Rebel Truce: The Story of The Clash.  

Parker's work also includes documentary Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyers’ Cut), which earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 2010.