Rockstar (2000)

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Douglas Adams own words: "In November (1999) Apple brought together a bunch of people under its AppleMaster program and taught us to use their new digital video editing stuff - the new iMac... See full summary »


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Douglas Adams ...
Black shoe and blue jeans trouser leg
Polly Jane Rocket Adams ...
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Douglas Adams own words: "In November (1999) Apple brought together a bunch of people under its AppleMaster program and taught us to use their new digital video editing stuff - the new iMac DV with Firewire ports and bundled iMovie software. (It's a very simple-to-use program that works like a cut and paste word processor for digital video at broadcast quality. It's pretty amazing stuff.) We each had to make our own video as part of the class. I made a kind of rock video, based on a song by my friend Margo Buchanan. Margo is a singer and songwriter who mostly works as a session singer but has one of the most amazing voices I know. She wrote it along with Miles Waters and her husband Wix. Wix is a very old friend of mine who had the same piano teacher as me at school, but it worked rather better for him than for me, and he was for years Paul McCartney's keyboard player. He also did the music for Starship Titanic. The guitarist on the track is the great Robbie McIntosh. Buy his acoustic... Written by Anonymous

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During a two-day creative workshop at Apple featuring iMovie and the iMac DV, kids and AppleMasters showed their stuff, creating and editing original digital movies. Douglas Adams' offering featured his daughter Polly in the title role of his friend Margo Buchanan's track "Rockstar". John Cleese (also on the Apple iMovie workshop) makes a cameo. Margo later performed the song at Adams' memorial service in London. See more »


Written by Margo Buchanan, Miles Waters and Paul Wickens
Performed by Margo Buchanan
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Ordinary home video but very nice song.
5 April 2002 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Basically a home video shot by a loving father featuring his daughter miming to a song. The video was made by Douglas to demonstrate what you can do with the new stuff from Apple. His friend Margo Buchanan sang the song, which is excellent, catching and, in the light of Douglas' death only a year later, a bit sad. Cool touch by Douglas, also, to have John Cleese in it as well, but he doesn't do anything funny. Unless you consider John's huge beer belly funny.

All in all, a nice home video with an excellent song.

You will need QuickTime to see it.

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