Aspiration Films presents the UK release of Telstar 06/07/09
The Tornadoes back Gene Vincent with their Vox amps in a scene from Telstar
New Feature film TELSTAR aims to tell the true story of legendary record producer and maverick musical genius Joe Meek, creator of a string of number 1 hits in the early 60s including 'Telstar' â€“ the biggest selling record of its time and the first British single ever to top the US charts.
Vox AC15 and AC30 amps feature prominently in many scenes in the movie, a testament , say Vox, to the fact that Vox is one of the few names in music gear that has been around since the very of birth of rock 'n' roll itself. Vox, have in fact sent us this press release about the film...
Named after the first communications satellite which launched in 1962, Meek's pioneering single, Telstar, went into orbit later that year, topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic for Meek's band The Tornados, all from a modest flat on the Holloway Road. Despite his musical illiteracy, Meek went on to create the weird and wonderful recordings that earned him iconic status in the world of British pop until depression, heartbreak and paranoia ultimately led to a cataclysmic downfall.
Set in the London music scene of the early 1960s, the film boasts an eclectic cast including Kevin Spacey, Ralf Little, James Corden, Pam Ferris and JJ Feild alongside a tour-de-force from Con O'Neill in the lead role. They are joined by a host of musicians including ex-Libertine Carl BarÃ¢t and front-man of The Darkness, Justin Hawkins. Sixties rockers Clem Cattini, Jess Conrad, John Leyton and Chas Hodges who recorded with Meek, appear in cameo roles and are portrayed on screen by James Corden, Nigel Harman, Callum Dixon and Ralf Little.
Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Musketeer) makes his directorial feature debut with TELSTAR and co-wrote the screenplay with James Hicks. TELSTAR is produced and financed by Simon Jordan following his 2005 West End stage production for which leading man Con O'Neill received an Olivier Award nomination.
TELSTAR features an outstanding period soundtrack including a specially commissioned cover by Duffy of The Cryin' Shames' 'Please Stay'. More information: