Directed by Gillian Armstrong • 1982 • Australia
Starring Joey Kennedy, Ross O'Donovan, Margo Lee
For the follow-up to her acclaimed first feature, MY BRILLIANT CAREER, Australian New Wave leader Gillian Armstrong turned to a very different type of project: a gloriously over-the-top, shiny pop musical complete with outré costumes, high-energy dance numbers, and eye-popping production design courtesy of Brian Thomson (THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW). Desperate to break into the music business, teenage Jackie (Jo Kennedy) gets her shot at superstardom when her enterprising cousin (Ross O’Donovan) engineers a string of audacious publicity stunts that take the pair from their family’s pub to the stage of the Sydney Opera House. Featuring infectiously catchy tunes by Kiwi legends Split Enz, STARSTRUCK updates the classic “let’s put on a show” formula with a blast of irresistible, neon-bright exuberance.