Starstruck

Starstruck

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Director: Gillian Armstrong

Cast: Gillian Armstrong, Jo Kennedy, Ross O'Donovan, Pat Evison

     
 

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Star Struck is a light, frothy pop-culture musical comedy from Australia, where Jackie (Jo Kennedy) dreams of becoming a singing star and her cousin Angus (Ross O'Donovan) thinks he has what it takes to be a successful manager. After a spot at the hip club in town (wearing a kangaroo suit) fails to win Jackie any paying gigs, Angus enters her in a major talent…  See more details below

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Star Struck is a light, frothy pop-culture musical comedy from Australia, where Jackie (Jo Kennedy) dreams of becoming a singing star and her cousin Angus (Ross O'Donovan) thinks he has what it takes to be a successful manager. After a spot at the hip club in town (wearing a kangaroo suit) fails to win Jackie any paying gigs, Angus enters her in a major talent competition to be held on New Year's Eve. If Jackie wins, her career is assured, and the $25,000 grand prize will help keep her parents' cafe open. But can Jackie stand the pressure? Will the band get it together in time? And will Angus ever get a girl? Star Struck plays like a mid-1980s "New Wave" variation on an old "Let's Put On A Show!" teenage musical, with tunes by Phil Judd and Tim Finn of the popular New Zealand band Split Enz. Keep your eyes peeled for a bit part played by Geoffrey Rush, 14 years before he would win an Oscar for his work in Shine.

Editorial Reviews

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Many people think of Australian movies as being either serious dramas or post-apocalyptic action flicks like Mad Max. Starstruck is a delightful deviation from these preconceptions that pays tribute to the musical genre without sacrificing its uniquely Australian sensibilities. Stephen Maclean's novel script takes a premise that could have served as the basis for a Busby Berkeley musical and brings it into the present day by populating it with quirky characters who have modern attitudes and motivations. For instance, the heroine Jackie is a charming and likeable starlet but is also cynical enough to know that dreams of stardom often require stepping on some toes, thus creating a "will she or won't she?" tension that enhances the plot. Director Gillian Armstrong gives the film the fizzy energy and pop gloss it requires to take flight, aided immensely by Russell Boyd's neon-gloss cinematography and a song score with several eccentric yet catchy Phil Judd songs, but Armstrong never loses sight of the unique, likeable characters that drive her story. She achieves this goal by getting witty yet subtle performances from everyone involved, especially Jo Kennedy as the offbeat but very alluring heroine and Ross O'Donovan as her perpetually scheming would-be teenage Svengali. In short, Starstruck is a grand blast of new wave fun, and you don't even have to be into Australian films to enjoy it.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2005
UPC:
0827058200998
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
PG
Source:
Blue Underground
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
35,074

Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc 1:; Audio commentary with producer Richard Breenan ; Theatrical trailers; Poster & still gallery; ; Disc 2:; ; Puttin' on the Show - Interviews with director Gillian Armstrong, producer David Elfick and Cinematographer Russell Boyd; Screenwriter reflects - Interview with writer Stephen MacLean; Alternate, extended & deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jo Kennedy Jackie Mullens
Ross O'Donovan Angus Mullens
Pat Evison Nana
Margo Lee Pearl
Max Cullen Reg
Ned Lander Robbie
Melissa Jaffer Mrs. Booth
John O'May Terry Lambert
Dennis Miller Lou
Norman Erskine Hazza
Buster Stiggs On of the Swingers
Phil Judd The Swinger
Dwayne Hillman One of The Swingers
Ian Gilroy One of The Swingers
Mark Little Carl
Ian Spence Spider
Kerry McKay Phil
Peter Davies Timpany
Carol Burns Teacher
Pat Rooney Bouncer
Warren Lewis Schoolboy 2
Lucky Grills Brewery Truckdriver
Syd Heylen Pub Regular
John Sheerin Policeman
Michael Moody Rescue Ladderman
Rainee Skinner Rock Photographer
David Garfield Aggresive Drunk
Brian Blain Brewery Executive
Geoffrey Rush Floor Manager
Katherine Romaine Make-up Artist
Kay Eklund Wardrobe Lady
Stuart Campbell TV Director
Kaarin Fairfax Ice Cream Girl

Technical Credits
Gillian Armstrong Director
Luciana Arrighi Costumes/Costume Designer
Dave Atkins Choreography
Nicholas Beauman Editor
Russell Boyd Cinematographer
Richard Brennan Producer
Sally Campbell Set Decoration/Design
Lissa Coote Set Decoration/Design
David Elfick Producer
Tim Finn Score Composer
Colin Fletcher Asst. Director
Barbara Gibbs Production Manager
Kimble Hilder Art Director
Phil Judd Score Composer
Phil Judd Sound/Sound Designer
Jo Kennedy Score Composer
Stephen Maclean Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Mark Moffatt Musical Direction/Supervision
Terry Ryan Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Thomson Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Starstruck: Disc 1
1. Program Start/Main Titles [1:57]
2. Gimme Love [:42]
3. Temper Temper [3:05]
4. The Morning After [:54]
5. Surfside Tango [3:04]
6. Star Quality [1:02]
7. Phone Calls [4:42]
8. Death Walk [1:08]
9. In the News [1:28]
10. Body and Soul [5:24]
11. Party's Over [2:45]
12. Rehearsal [4:12]
13. Before the Show [5:32]
14. I Want to Live in a House [:39]
15. My Belief in You [4:37]
16. Tough [:34]
17. Robbed [:20]
18. It's Not Enough [2:33]
19. Christmas [3:46]
20. Ticket Scam [3:27]
21. Turnaround [3:04]
22. Monkey in Me [1:20]
23. Starstruck [3:47]
24. End Credits [:32]

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Starstruck 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
bobbiesue More than 1 year ago
Given a "Two Thumbs Up" when first came out. A little gem of a film with rather wicked humor! Fun music!