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Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician (2001)

Chance, a hapless Los Angeles musician is searching for the coveted Moletron synthesizer through the classified ad paper the "Southlander", and meeting interesting characters along the way



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rossangeles / Bek's Jam Double Axe (as Ross Harris)
Motherchild (as Lawrence Hilton Jacobs)
Meghan Gallagher ...
Bek (as Beck Hansen)
Lane Windbird
Kurt Lilly ...
Steely Danzig
Pat Matthews ...
Chuckles Martin
Miss Highrise
Seven Equals Five
Hank Williams III ...
Hank 3
Mark Gonzales ...
Mary Gillis ...
Garage Lady


In a city of desperate musicians, it takes a little bit more than talent to beat the odds. The MoleTron keyboard was Chance's ticket out of town. With it, the gig and the girl were his. But in the Southlander game, you might get a little bit more than you bargained for. Earth people are 'onto' the sound of the MoleTron synthesizer, which Chance, the 'Chosen One' chases after. Written by Grifter23 <abuzzmaster@yahoo.com>

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Doesn't live up to its potential
29 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a film that would potentially seem to have a lot going for it, with a lo-fi vibe and super-hip Cameos from the likes of Beth Orton, Beck, Elliott Smith, Hank Williams III and Billy Higgins. The basic idea of the film is also promising: struggling indie musician finds his dream instrument (a vintage synthesizer) in the classified ads, only to have it stolen from his car whereupon he goes on a quest through LA's suburban sprawl to try to recover it, meeting various hipsters and eccentric SoCal characters along the way.

The filmmakers seem to be aiming for a cult classic along the lines of "Repo Man" meets "Tapeheads". The problem is that, with the exception of Rory Cochrane in the lead role and Beck, Beth Orton and Ione Skye in minor supporting roles, the acting is almost universally bad. In particular, co-star/co-writer Ross Harris is very poor in the role of Cochrane's best friend, over-acting in every scene he's in (which is way too many).

Overall, the film's dialogue is not much better, although there are a few pretty funny lines and situations here and there through the 80 minutes.

To sum up, I don't know whether this is a film school final project or merely a very amateurish attempt to make an indie feature. If it's the former then a lot can be forgiven, otherwise if it's the latter then it's pretty much a debacle.

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