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Now meticulously restored and looking amazing , renowned Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong’s super-surprising follow up to My Brilliant Career: the deliriously-joyous, hyper-colourful, maniacal musical Starstruck. Jo Kennedy stars as the sex-positive, tightrope-walking wannabe star Jackie Mullens, who is egged-on by her 14 year-old school-wagging, cousin-cum-manager Angus (Ross O’Donovan). Together they live and plan out a rocky-road to stardom in a family pub under the shadows of the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s pylons, cooking up publicity stunts and eye-catching pop-art routines for performances that begin at the Lizard Lounge (Bondi Pavilion) and take them all the way to the Opera House on NYE. Can the pair save the family’s pub from foreclosure and maintain their indie integrity, all the while keeping their eye on the pop-prize?

Screens with Australian Short- Do it Herself: A Honey Trap Sound System Story

Why You Should See This Film

Rarely screened in cinemas these days, this STROBE Film Festival retrospective will have you dancing out of the cinema doors. With New Zealand's Counting The Beat band The Swingers providing much of the rollicking soundtrack (keep your eyes out for a youthful Bones Hillman of Midnight Oil on bass) it’s the journey that matters. Whether the cast are singing and dancing around hotel rooftop pools (where muscled sychronised male swimmers do their best to outdo the best Mardi Gras floats) or sliding across neon-pink Bondi bartops— Starstruck is full of silly city-pranks and music routines that will be seared into your memory. With cameos by Geoffrey Rush and Sounds TV host/Blue Light Disco DJ Donnie Sutherland, this is an Australian classic you have to see at least once. As a bonus, Starstruck screens with local short film Do It Herself: A Honey Trap Sound System about Eora’s femme-run party crew and sound system.

Gillian Armstrong
Joey Kennedy, Ross O’Donovan, Max Cullen
106 minutes

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