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

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The life and work of flamboyantly gay songwriter Joe Meek.

Cast & Crew

Kevin Spacey
Major Banks
Pam Ferris
Mrs. Shenton
JJ Feild
Heinz Burt
James Corden
Clem Cattini
Tom Burke
Geoff Goddard
Ralf Little
Chas Hodges
Sid Mitchell
Patrick Pink
Mathew Baynton
Ritchie Blackmore
James Hicks
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Nick Moran
Screenwriter
David Groves
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Ilan Eshkeri
Original Music
Peter Wignall
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Alex Marsh
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Critic Reviews for Telstar

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (6)

  • You know, this isn't an unenjoyable movie and, if you are desperate to see a movie, it'll do, but it's never fully satisfying because it never fully decides what sort of film it wants to be.

    August 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Nick Moran definitely emphasizes certain characteristics of the idiosyncratic producer over others for affect, but this is still as fascinating portraits in parts.

    June 19, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Even if 'Telstar' can't quite get the measure of its fascinating material, its pluck and ambition prove infectious enough to outweigh its flaws.

    June 19, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 19, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 19, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 19, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Telstar

  • Feb 14, 2014
    This film has so much energy, helped in part by a towering central performance. Unmissable.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2013
    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 writer when he shows up to work at a chaotic music studio in London. Joe Meek(Con O'Neill) has more important things on his mind like the ambient sound in the bathroom. And then there is Mrs. Shenton(Pam Ferris), his landlady, who wants to know what the black spots in her ceiling are. Meek tells her that it is only rubber cement; so that's alright, then. With its cool period music, injections of visual panache and intriguing subject, "Telstar" clearly should have been better, but never truly escapes its stage origins, especially in an introductory scene that goes on forever. And the movie lacks any serious point of view, as Goddard comes and goes as he pleases. As far as Meek goes, the movie cannot make up its mind about him. On the one hand, we have somebody who had one, maybe two good ideas(if that), and apparently passed on every band who hit it big in the 60's. But then hindsight is always 20/20. After which, the movie tries to go in the completely opposite direction in the postscript by mentioning how much an innovator he was. So, which was it?
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2012
    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 the main reason to watch this but he is also supported by the cream of British talent...and Kevin Spacey! The film moves from comic fun to dark tragedy and it helps if you're familiar with the music or some of the great artists the actors are portraying but since this is an era I've always loved I thought the whole thing was great.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2010
    before the beatles hit it bigtime, there was joe meek, a passionate producer,working out of his home to make rock n roll, bad desisions,and financial problems crippled him,andhere we see him seeing telstar and numorious bands to sucess or failing to,con o neil is a exellent watch playing the man,some good moments, and 60s setting and where britain was at is exelent,love the way he dissmisses the beatles, and does not want to see a guy from wales{ tom jones pehaps} so this film cetainly says, he made some bad moves in his time
    scott g Super Reviewer

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