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Star Struck

Picture is a raucous, 'let's put on a show' musical with a punk rock beat. Story centers on an enterprising 14-year-old entrepreneur Ross O'Donovan who has big career plans for his cousin, singer Jo Kennedy. Grooming (?) her in the punk mode, O'Donovan has his sights on copping first prize on a New Year's television talent show.

Picture is a raucous, ‘let’s put on a show’ musical with a punk rock beat. Story centers on an enterprising 14-year-old entrepreneur Ross O’Donovan who has big career plans for his cousin, singer Jo Kennedy. Grooming (?) her in the punk mode, O’Donovan has his sights on copping first prize on a New Year’s television talent show.

However, he can’t get the attention of a powerful Sydney disk jockey until he stages a daring balancing tightrope stunt for Kennedy. Suddenly, she’s a media star quickly homogenized for home consumption.

Meanwhile, the family hotel-bar is on the verge of bankruptcy. The $25,000 talent prize becomes all-important to save the failing establishment.

Script is pure fantasy material offering director Gillian Armstrong the opportunity to send-up the likes of Busby Berkeley and Garland-Rooney musicals. The film certainly doesn’t lack energy. Camerawork by Russell Boyd is glossy and fluid and song-and-dance routines are loud and splashy. Regrettably, the choreography is uninspired.

Star Struck

Australia

  • Production: Palm Beach. Director Gillian Armstrong; Producer David Elfick, Richard Brennan; Screenplay Stephen Maclean; Camera Russell Boyd; Editor Nicholas Beauman; Music Mark Moffatt; Art Director Brian Thomson
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1982. Running time: 102 MIN.
  • With: Jo Kennedy Ross O'Donovan Pat Evison Margo Lee Max Cullen Ned Lander
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