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Issue Details: First known date: 1982... 1982 Starstruck
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An energetic rock musical comedy, Starstruck tells the story of reluctant Sydney barmaid Jackie Mullens, whose life is seemingly being wasted in her family's working-class pub. It also doesn't help that business is going downhill fast. Jackie's dream is to be a singing star, and in this she is being assisted by fourteen-year-old Angus, her odd-ball cousin. Uninterested in the mundane task of learning at school, Angus puts into action a number of crazy showbiz ideas that he believes will make Jackie famous. He manipulates the media, pulling off a brazen publicity stunt that turns Jackie into the celebrity of the day. Throughout all this, the pub continues to deteriorate. As Jackie attempts to deal with mounting career obstacles, she begins to realise that if the family business were to collapse, not only would it break the family up, but she'd also be forced to get a job to pay for somewhere to live. When Angus pulls off another amazing stunt at the Opera House on New Year's Eve, however, Jackie is able to save the pub and realise her dream in one magical evening.

Notes

  • The script came from the collaboration of producer David Elfick and scriptwriter Stephen MacLean, who had worked together on GTK (the ABC's ground-breaking rock music show) and at Go-Set (the music and surfing magazine). MacLean had grown up in a pub with various aunts, and thought it would make a good background for a story.

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First known date: 1982

Works about this Work

Rediscovering Starstruck : Gillian Armstrong's 80s Rock Musical Extravaganza Kate Jinx , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 1 August 2017;

'Armstrong’s second feature after My Brilliant Career was a neon lightning bolt with all the makings of a classic – and it’s finally been given a second life. ' (Introduction)

High Spirits : Jo Kennedy in Starstruck (Gillian Armstrong, 1982) and Tender Hooks (Mary Callaghan, 1989) Eloise Ross , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , June vol. 83 no. 2017;
Pioneering Australian Women Filmmakers : Introduction Eloise Ross , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , June vol. 83 no. 2017;
Family's in the Frame Antimo Iannella , Anna Vlach , Matt Gilbertson , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 21 October 2015; (p. 22)
Family's in the Frame Antimo Iannella , Anna Vlach , Matt Gilbertson , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 21 October 2015; (p. 22)
Pioneering Australian Women Filmmakers : Introduction Eloise Ross , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , June vol. 83 no. 2017;
High Spirits : Jo Kennedy in Starstruck (Gillian Armstrong, 1982) and Tender Hooks (Mary Callaghan, 1989) Eloise Ross , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , June vol. 83 no. 2017;
Rediscovering Starstruck : Gillian Armstrong's 80s Rock Musical Extravaganza Kate Jinx , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 1 August 2017;

'Armstrong’s second feature after My Brilliant Career was a neon lightning bolt with all the makings of a classic – and it’s finally been given a second life. ' (Introduction)

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