April 13, 2008

Starstruck (1982)

An absolute delight of a film, Starstruck is Gillian Armstrong's second following her breakthrough My Brilliant Career. Starring Jo Kennedy as a young Aussie attempting a career in music, this musical follows a Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney mentality as a real-life Australian band, The Swingers (with Ms. Kennedy as lead singer), follows a Dick Clark-esque television personality, begging for a chance to perform on his television show. The film is tuneful with wonderful new wave songs, colorful, sweet, funny, quirky, nicely-written, excellently acted, and beautifully directed; a piece of sugar candy to let dissolve in your mouth that will do nothing bad to your teeth.

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