Country Of Origin Original Australian Daybill Movie Poster Starstruck
Daybill Movie Poster.Starstruck is a 1982 Australian comedy-drama musical film directed by Gillian Armstrong and starring Jo Kennedy, Ross O'Donovan and Margo Lee. Lead actors Jo Kennedy and Ross O'Donovan were cast despite their limited experience because of their chemistry during auditions. The plot concerns two teenagers trying to break into the music industry. The film was shot on location in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was marketed with the tagline "A Comedy Musical." Production Designer Brian Thomson is best known for his work on The Rocky Horror Picture Show and its theatre production as well as its follow-up feature film Shock Treatment. The hotel shots were filmed at the Harbour View Hotel in Sydney's "The Rocks" district, near the south pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The first choice for director was Graeme Clifford who pulled out to make Frances (1982). Gillian Armstrong became involved, attracted by the idea of making a film so different from her first, My Brilliant Career. The film spawned a soundtrack album, which includes the hit single "Body and Soul" sung by Jo Kennedy. The song was written by Tim Finn of Split Enz. The single made number 5 on the Australian charts in May 1982. Starstruck received three AFI Award nominations, for Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Production Design and Best Original Music Score.