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A Heartbeat Away (2011)

A young aspiring rock guitarist is forced to become the musical director of the local marching band when his father is hit by a bus just four weeks before a major competition.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sebastian Gregory ... Kevin Flack
Isabel Lucas ... Mandy Riddick
William Zappa ... Edwin Flack
Tammy Macintosh ... Grace Flack
Colin Friels ... Mayor Riddick
Roy Billing ... George
Kerry Walker Kerry Walker ... Dawn
Terry Camilleri ... Gino
Errol O'Neill Errol O'Neill ... Derek
Adam Saunders ... Simon
Mark Furze ... Damian
Sam Hales Sam Hales ... Gary
Tiffany Lamb Tiffany Lamb ... Tracy
Chase Vollenweider Chase Vollenweider ... Jimmy
Damien Garvey ... Hotel Manager


A young aspiring rock guitarist is forced to become the musical director of the local marching band when his father is hit by a bus just four weeks before a major competition.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The heart can be the greatest instrument of all


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

17 March 2011 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Box Office


AUD 8,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pictures in Paradise See more »
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Did You Know?


Isabel Lucas and Mark Furze are both former stars of the Australian soap opera "Home and Away". See more »


Radetzky March
Written by Johann Strauss Sr.
Performed by Brisbane Excelsior Band
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Moving stuff
1 July 2012 | by sunilgoswami2000See all my reviews

I didn't have much hope from it when I started so I started watching it on my phone. The plot line is quite simple and revolves around a small town marching band and the regional competition of brass bands. It's not a suspense story and you can practically guess how it will go but the small twists on the way keep you entertained and the film moves fast.

The characters are real life rather than larger than life. For a simple story it's important to keep the pace fast and this it does very well.

Everything builds up to the final scenes in the regional competition and by then it had built up enough that I stopped watching it on the phone and kept it for the big TV. It was worth it! The climax has twists and turns of its own and it well worth watching carefully.

The whole film is predicated mostly on the music both guitar and brass band but the final scenes, predictably, much more so. The music is very good, even the brass band music is very moving and inspiring.

Along with the music the cinematography is also very good, especially in the final scenes where it shines.

I would recommend this film.

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