Starstruck

Presented by Waverley Council, courtesy of the National Screen and Sound Archive

SCREEN CITIZENS – screenings and filmmaker talks series. Hosted by Peter Castaldi

Thursday 23 November
6.30pm - 9.30pm

STARSTRUCK (1982) with guest speaker, Producer David Elfick.

From cult film to Australian classic. The unexpected life of a film and the importance of Australian film culture.

The recent National Film and Sound Archive digital restoration of the 1982 cult classic, Starstruck, directed by the then, up and coming Gillian Armstrong, is heading to Sydney for its first screening in decades!

Re-living the 1980s rock musical drama in all its new glory, this fun, lively film, full of colourful 80’s costumes, hair and music about two teenagers dreaming of becoming rock stars, is set to propel the audience right back to the 1980s Sydney local pub and music scene.

Director Gillian Armstrong, Producer by David Elfick and Richard Brenna, DOP Russell Boyd, Choreographer by David Atkins, set designer Brian Thomsen, costume, Luciana Arrighi with songs by Tim Finn of Split Enz and a cameo appearance by Geoffrey Rush, are just some of the talented names attached to this film which received three AFI Award nominations, for Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Production Design and Best Original Music Score, with Tim Finn’s theme song ‘Body and Soul’ making number 5 on the Australian charts in May 1982.

David Elfick is an Australian film and television producer and director, His body of work includes Newsfront (1978) Starstruck (1982), Blackrock (1997), and Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) as well as the surfing classics Morning of the Earth and Crystal Voyager. His films have won numerous awards including Australian Film Institute (Best Picture), Berlin Film Festival Crystal Bear (Jury prize), Australian Writers Guild (Best Screenplay twice), Rio De Janerio Film Festival (Audience prize) and Taormina Film Festival (Best Film).

The restored version of Starstruck has been kindly provided courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive.

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