The Last Unicorn

Ali: This film played a massive part in our childhood. The animation has that Japanese/anime style to it, the music is written by Jimmy Webb and performed by America, there is an all-star cast of voice actors (including Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee, Jeff Bridges and Mia Farrow), the story is adventurous, magical and actually pretty dark. It's based on a book by Peter S. Beagle, which is one of the most beautiful stories ever written.


Ai: So some might say that objectively this isn't the most amazing film ever made. Some may say it's a "mediocre and predictable romantic comedy". Some may call it "low brow". Some may say "it went straight to DVD and nobody has ever heard of it". WHAT DO THEY KNOW?. It literally defined such a huge part of the recording process of our second album. It made us laugh our arses off and we quote it embarrassingly regularly. For any keen-eyed Staves fans out there, you will see many of the characters are thanked in our album sleeve. Also, Justin Theroux is a fucking legend in this film.

The Royal Tenenbaums

Mills: This is a perfect film. Wes Anderson's aesthetic is always so wildly pleasing. Everything is so precise and intentional. I love how all the characters are so flawed and strange, but still so weirdly endearing. The cast is perfect, the soundtrack is perfect. The best moment is when Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) gets off the bus to meet Richie (Luke Wilson), and you see them gaze at each other as Nico's version of 'These Days' plays. The film draws the perfect line between touching, sad, dark and hilarious.

Almost Famous

Jess: This film had me hooked from the first time I watched it. I was probably aged 15, with dreams of being in a band and travelling to America. The soundtrack is the absolute best. I remember finding out that other people had seen it and being really annoyed. I thought it was my discovery! It's weird thinking about when I first watched it and now I have done all (well some) of those things in that movie (haven't taken acid yet)... Although, I'd say my life has panned out more like Spinal Tap than Almost Famous...

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Emily: Strider. Enough said.

You can catch the Staves live at the following dates this summer:

  • 31 May 2017 - Gorilla (Manchester)
  • 01 Jun 2017 - Limelight (Belfast)
  • 02 Jun 2017 - Roisin Dubh (Galway)
  • 03 Jun 2017 - Dolans Warehouse/Upstairs (Limerick)
  • 05 Jun 2017 - Forbidden Fruit Festival (Dublin)
  • 06 Jun 2017 - The Art School (Glasgow)
  • 07 Jun 2017 - Barrow Library (Barrow-In-Furness)
  • 09 Jun 2017 - Old Market Theatre (Hove)
  • 10 Jun 2017 - Bushstock Festival (London)