(2014) - 22 min
The story of Dire Straits began in London after brothers Mark and David Knopfler moved down from Leeds to pursue a music career. Under the new name of Dire Straits, which reflected their mutual financial situation at the time, they recorded a five track demo which included future hit “Sultans of Swing”. The band swiftly produced a follow-up album Communique, which would also chart world-wide. Then at one of their gigs in Los Angeles, they were noticed by legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Impressed by their performance, Dylan asked Mark Knopfler to work with him on his next album. During the recording of Dire Straits’ third album, Making Movies, David Knopfler suddenly left the band, bringing a permanent end to the brothers’ partnership within the group. Dire Straits finally dissolved in 1995, after Mark decided he wanted to focus on his solo career with no plans to re-form the band. Featuring archive material, music videos “Brothers in Arms”, “Calling Elvis” and, exclusive insights from music critics and journalists Michael Bonner (Uncut Magazine), Hamish MacBain (Shortlist), John Aizlewood (Evening Standard), Rock Legends Dire Straits tells the story of one of Britain’s enduring rock bands.