The identical twin brothers Stephen and Timothy Quay were born in 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. The studies of graphics and illustation (Stephen) and film (Timothy) were continued in the Royal College of Arts in London, U.K, there they made their first short animation films with marionettes. Unfortunately, the original copies were damaged and the films don't exist anymore. From their childhood they admired and were inspired by Jan Švankmajer, Czech director and animator. Quay brothers continue to live and work in the british capital, there they, with their film producer Keith Griffiths, founded Koninck Studios. Under this label appear all their movies. The masterpiece Street of Crocodiles (1986) became a classic of animation genre. The most of their films have few dialogues, they depend highly on the music. Numerous pieces of music for their films have been written by the Polish composer Jeszek Jankowski. The brothers Quay have also worked on various projects, like, for example, theatre decorations, opera productions directed by Richard Jones (Prokofiev's The Love of Three Oranges, Feydeau's A Flea in her Ear, Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa or Moliere's The Middle Class Gentleman), in the television (MTV), in advertising (Nikon, Coca-Cola) or in music (music video for Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer). They're like in the middle of the abyss which separates the commercial cinema from the so called experimental cinema. Nevertheless, the brothers live hard from their art. In 1995, the Quay directed a full length film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life. Terry Gilliam, the british film director, screenwriter, comedian and member of the Monthy Pyton, considers it "visually the most beautiful film, the most bewitching and the most hilarious seen in the last three hundred years", and confesses: "I'm very jealous".
16 films by the Quay Brothers in a 2 DVD set.