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See Hear Podcast episode 65 - Starstruck (featuring interview with director Gillian Armstrong)

June 20, 2019 @ 6:35 am

Welcome to episode 65 of See Hear. Give over to us with Body and Soul.

1982 - Australian cinema had an interesting assortment of releases. We Of The Never Never and Turkey Shoot. Monkey Grip and The Pirate Movie.

...... and then there was Starstruck. 

Musicals were something of a rarity....and with examples like Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Xanadu, Can't Stop The Music and....shudder...The Apple, it's not hard to see why they weren't as common as in the glory days of MGM.

However, director Gillian Armstrong was not going to be deterred. She did not want to be classified as "that director who makes period pieces" after the success of My Brilliant Career. So, after falling in love with Stephen Maclean's script loosely based around his memories of growing up in a pub in Sydney, she set about making Starstruck. It's essentially, an old fashioned "let's do a show" story with some songs in the new wave style of the day. Jackie has dreams of becoming famous as a singer. Her 14 year old cousin Angus is a publicity hound who is determined to get her to perform at the Sydney Opera House. What happens???????

Due to international timeline issues, my compadres Bernard and Tim were not able to join me for this show. HOWEVER......I am joined for a lengthy interview by director Gillian Armstrong herself to talk about her recollections of making the film, its genesis, the wonderful design that went into it, the bands who were considered to compose the music before The Swingers landed the gig (get ready to say "reaaaaaaaalllllly?") and a heap of other Starstruck things. Huge thanks to Gillian for being so generous with her time for the show.

ANNNNNNNND....my great friend and Australian film buff, Paul Ryan joins me for a brief chat about his own love of the film, and it's place in Australian film history. 

 

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You can catch up with episodes of the comedy news show Paul helps script  The Leak at https://www.facebook.com/TheLeakLive/. He's also written  for children's cartoon series, Jar Dwellers SOS. Check out Paul's episode Party Poopers here: https://10play.com.au/jar-dwellers-sos/episodes/season-2/episode-17/tpv190617ieazv

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See Hear Podcast Episode 64 - Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

June 2, 2019 @ 5:47 am

Welcome to May 2019's episode of See Hear Podcast....despite it being June.

 

Being a music film podcast, it's rare that we cover a film that involves politics and human rights abuse. This month we're doing that....and yet we're sort of not. John Pirozzi's 2015 documentary "Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll" focuses on the Cambodian music scene prior to the rule of Pol Pot and his regime's declaration of Year Zero.

 

While it is a necessity to bring into some focus the tragedy that was his rule (and the previous years under military rule following the ousting of Prince Norodom Sihanouk), Pirozzi turns his gaze to musicians that were hugely popular in their day in Cambodia in a nation where music was valued and important. Music is shown in the film, both as art and as propaganda. Under the regime in 1975, anyone involved in the arts was a thinker of individual ideas...and that did not fit into the grand scheme of agrarian socialism and an eviction of any Western ideas. The film shows the tragedy, but overall, the film is a celebration of how music really can bring people together - no cliche'.

 

A good documentary doesn't tell you everything you need. It urges you to go and seek out further information and get a wider understanding of the subject matter. Don't Think I've Forgotten is a good documentary.

 

The See Hear crew hope to convince you to search this fantastic film out (yeah....spoiler alert - we loved it). Our huge thanks to (patient) listener, Tyler Kennedy for suggesting we cover it.

 

Download the podcast from Stitcher, Spotify or the website at http://seehear.podbean.com …..or whatever podcast app you favour.

 

If you dig what we do, could you please rate us at iTunes or even better, spread the word that the show exists on social media or at your next barbecue, gig, or marathon run so more folks can tune in.

 

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