Telstar

Overview

Adapted from Nick Moran and James Hicks' critically-lauded stage play, Telstar tells the remarkable tale of eccentric, London-based songwriter/producer Joe Meek (Con O'Neill), whose innovative recording techniques ushered in a bold new era of rock 'n' roll in the late 1950s. Tone deaf and musically illiterate, Meek nevertheless had a lifelong obsession with music and a knack for producing. Though Meek's tireless work ethic ensured a tumultuous relationship with his band, his ramshackle, apartment recording studio...
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Overview

Adapted from Nick Moran and James Hicks' critically-lauded stage play, Telstar tells the remarkable tale of eccentric, London-based songwriter/producer Joe Meek (Con O'Neill), whose innovative recording techniques ushered in a bold new era of rock 'n' roll in the late 1950s. Tone deaf and musically illiterate, Meek nevertheless had a lifelong obsession with music and a knack for producing. Though Meek's tireless work ethic ensured a tumultuous relationship with his band, his ramshackle, apartment recording studio provided just enough space to record, and experiment with such cutting-edge techniques as sampling and distortion. Meanwhile, his landlady Mrs. Shenton does her best to put up with the racket, and his main backer Major Wilfred Banks (Kevin Spacey) provides the cash to produce such hits as "Be-Bop-A-Lula," " Johnny Remember Me," and, of course, "Telstar."
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Special Features

Duffy, The Flee-Rekkers; Billy Fury; Heinz; Honeycombs; Alan Klein; Johnny Leyton; The Moontrekkers; The Outlaws; The Packabeats; Screaming Lord Sutch & the Savages; The Tornados ; Gene Vincent
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2012
  • UPC: 815300010525
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Source: Inception
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 56,633

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Con O'Neill Joe Meek
Pam Ferris
JJ Feild
James Corden
Tom Burke
Kevin Spacey Major Banks
Ralf Little
Sid Mitchell
Mathew Baynton
Shaun Evans
Callum Dixon
Tom Harper
Jon Lee
Nigel Harman
Carl Barat
Justin Hawkins
Jess Conrad
Clem Cattini
Chas Hodges
John Leyton
David Hayler
Craig Vye
Rita Tushingham
Technical Credits
Nick Moran Director, Screenwriter
Adam Bohling Producer
Stephanie Collie Costumes/Costume Designer
Russell de Rozario Production Designer
Mike Dowson Sound/Sound Designer
Ilan Eshkeri Score Composer
Jamie Gambell Sound/Sound Designer
David Groves Executive Producer, Producer
James Hicks Screenwriter
Joe Howard Art Director
Simon Jordan Producer
Alex Marsh Editor
Kate Plantin Casting
David Reid Producer
Ann Marie Shields Musical Direction/Supervision
Jon Stewart Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Wignall Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Telstar
1. Opening Titles [3:44]
2. Meet Joe Meek [9:10]
3. Making a Hit [6:03]
4. Joe Meets Boy [5:06]
5. A Great Idea [11:55]
6. Telstar Launched [9:33]
7. Artist Development [7:41]
8. On Tour [11:13]
9. Troubles Galore [8:23]
10. Bad Business [8:45]
11. Beginning of the End [11:37]
12. Losing It All [11:03]
13. Darkest Hours [10:52]
14. End Credits [3:33]
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