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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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£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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Immediately after 304 Holloway Road appears on the screen, a black and white television is seen in a shop window, showing a program called "Harper's W1, The Story of a London Store." This is a reference to the world famous Harrod's Knightsbridge, which is actually located in London SW1. See more »

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The film shows Heinz Burt featuring in the TV show Oh Boy!, which was shown on British TV some years earlier. See more »

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Be-Bop-A-Lula
Composed by Gene Vincent and Tex Davis
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Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Performed by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps (as Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps)
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Disturbing film with some great moments
13 December 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This is a cinematic adaptation of the life of Joe Meek.

If you don't know who Joe Meek was, lets just say that he was a pivotal figure in the evolution of popular music whose innovative production techniques and zeal for creation laid the path for a lot of the things that are recorded and broadcast today.

This movie by Nick Moran may not be factually accurate let me say that upfront. So don't treat it as a dossier on Joe Meek's life or that of his colleagues. This film is however a tribute to Joe Meek and certainly has some of the things that Joe was great at: Music, Inspiring people and being a sensitive soul.

Good performances from everyone. Thats one thing about British cinema. You can be assured of superior acting than their American counterparts. That's a given.

I've put an open letter from Patrick Pink in the forum below in case you may care to read it. Its his less than happy reaction on the film.

However, this film will certainly help spread the legend of Joe Meek and Telstar and its definitely a good movie to watch.

You will feel lousy for him at the end of the movie. For him as well as the other pop music heroes who then succumbed to their less than great fortunes as ordinary people and died in squalor and poverty unknown to the rest of the world. That's pretty phucking sad!

Watch it, let the music inspire you and say a prayer for them.


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