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Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008)

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  19 June 2009 (UK)
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A music-infused drama about Joe Meek, the flamboyantly gay, tone deaf, songwriter-producer behind the '60s hits "Have I the Right," "Just Like Eddie," "Johnny, Remember Me" and "Telstar."

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In the early 1960s self-taught electronics whizz Joe Meek amazingly produces a string of home made hit singles from his studio in his flat above a leather shop in London. His biggest success is the instrumental 'Telstar' but accusations of plagiarism delay royalties. Joe's mercurial temper causes his artists to forsake him for other labels,in particular his young lover Heinz Burt. Now in debt and after unwisely parting from his chief financier Major Banks,Joe finds himself unable to control his life. Increasingly paranoid,believing he is being bugged by rival record companies and that everybody is out to get him,the last straw comes when landlady Violet tells him she is selling the building in which he lives. Joe had once confiscated a shotgun from Heinz. Now it is dangerously close at hand and about to end the Joe Meek story. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Hit after hit... someone's going to get hurt

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Rated R for language, sexual content and brief violence | See all certifications »

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£1,250,000 (estimated)

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£22,343 (UK) (19 June 2009)

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£22,343 (UK) (19 June 2009)
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The real Patrick Pink plays a stagehand, under the pseudonym "Robbie Duke". Joe Meek used the name "Robert Duke" for some of his compositions. See more »

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John Peel is shown interviewing Joe Meek for the New Musical Express in 1963. Peel was never a regular journalist for the NME, and was working as a DJ in the southern USA in 1963. Additionally, he only adopted the name Peel when he joined Radio London in 1966. See more »

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All tracks used by permission. All rights reserved. Soundtrack available on Universal Music Catalogue See more »

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References Harpers West One (1961) See more »

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Puttin' on the Style
Trad. arr. Norman Cazden
Published by Tro Essex Music Ltd
Performed by Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd
under licence from Universal Music Operations
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Worst directed British film ever?
29 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Because I am old enough to remember Joe Meek I approached this film with real relish. That was my first big mistake. Telstar is truly appalling, largely due to the direction of Nick Moran. It is a complete mess from start to finish, lurching around at a frightening speed without any real explanation of what is going on, one minute offering up infantile farce, the next Shakespearian melodrama. It is hard to believe that anyone could have taken such an interesting and sad story and made such a dog's dinner of it. But the director is not the only one to blame. It is hopelessly miscast with not one person looking comfortable in their role. Kevin Spacey looks like he's just wandered into the wrong studio from some sixties sitcom while most of the "band" are totally unbelievable. And Con O'Neil with that horrible squeaky voice delivers a performance so over the top that he makes Brian Blessed look like a restrained actor. The whole sorry mess drags on and on for close on two hours without ever being even remotely involving. I wish there was a star rating below one. Telstar is worthy of it.


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