Telstar (Telstar: The Joe Meek Story)
Telstar (Telstar: The Joe Meek Story) (2009)

Adapted from Nick Moran and James Hicks' critically-lauded stage play, Telstar tells the remarkable tale of eccentric, London-based songwriter/producer Joe Meek (Con O'Neill), whose innovative recording techniques ushered in a bold… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 30, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 19, 2012
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Nick Moran's excellent portrait of an often forgotten pop legend is as eccentric and chaotic as its subject.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Even if 'Telstar' can't quite get the measure of its fascinating material, its pluck and ambition prove infectious enough to outweigh its flaws.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Nick Moran definitely emphasizes certain characteristics of the idiosyncratic producer over others for affect, but this is still as fascinating portraits in parts.

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Peter Bradshaw

Nick Moran's film, based on the stage-play he wrote with James Hicks, is an eccentric, sometimes underpowered but always watchable story about the early-60s prehistory of pop culture.

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Derek Elley

Fairly crackles with character and period flavor for its first 90 minutes but is let down by a repetitive and tiresomely maudlin final half-hour.

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Ali Catterall

Telstar is an embarrassing farrago, an amateurish, incoherent pantomime of a piece, stuffed with interchangeable characters, a sketchy, largely unsympathetic leading role, and - betraying its stage play origins - unspeakably stilted dialogue.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)

The Meek they present is closer to being a character in Little Britain than the mysterious, proto-avant-garde sonic scientist revered by legions of contemporary electronic musicians. A little more weirdness would have been very welcome.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

An overlong but fascinating look at the life of a forgotten innovator of early rock'n roll

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

This is Meek's show, and as a wild and hostile central character (the bellowed phrase "F*** off" is never far from his lips) he is likely to fascinate and alienate in equal measure.

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Kingsley Marshall
Little White Lies

O'Neill's performance is spellbinding, with Moran commendably allowing the actor the necessary time and space on the screen to believably cast his darkness upon those around him.

Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Roy Gutteridge
It took Nick Moran the best part of 12 years to get this made. And the end result's screamingly energetic, wildly uneven, gay as a goose and at times,… More
David Sayers
A brilliant exploration of the British music scene in the early 60's and the revolutionary producer Joe Meek. O'Meill is fearless in the role and is… More
Walter M.
In "Telstar," Geoff Goddard(Tom Burke) gets a rude awakening to the music business in 1961 as Major Banks(Kevin Spacey) has little idea that he is a… More
Marcus Woolcott
This film has so much energy, helped in part by a towering central performance. Unmissable.