COMEBACK KINGS, THE
Soon after Australian rock n' roll musos the brothers Denny and Colin Burgess survived a nasty car accident, filmmaker Joel Peterson set about making a doco about their comeback. A year later to the day, the Burgess brothers get ready for a modest comeback gig. In the process, they look back on their 30 year careers, which includes the story of AC/DC, The Masters Apprentices and The Throb.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
A typically Australian, unpretentious, rough and ready doco with a rockstalgic tone, The Comeback Kings is snappy and intimate. The brothers, members of their family, fellow rockers and rock historian Glenn A. Baker contribute to the doco and give their careers considerable context.
The brothers are down to earth and their no nonsense style enhances this film with a gusto that drives the film like a rock anthem. Denny's football religion (Go the Magpies) is explored, as is Colin's love of hot cars. Denny's attempt to get elected to the Magpies board is embraced as part of the comeback journey.
Small insights, like Denny's banana sandwich breakfast, add glue to the film as a study of the brothers as real people, not just rock n'roll musos. And the clips from the past provide a glimpse into rock history through this specifically Australian perspective.
As Glenn A. Baker says in summary, the reason they stop the traffic is that the The Burgess Brothers are born to play rock n' roll. They Epitomise the rock n' roll lifestyle "in the way they look, in the way they think... and they're a living breathing example of that raucous, rebellious, ragged, but good natured rock n'roll ethic..."
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COMEBACK KINGS, THE (PG)
CAST: Documentary featuring Colin and Danny Burgess, with Glenn A. Baker, Jim Keays, Rick Wade
NARRATION: James Valentine
PRODUCER: Victor Carson
DIRECTOR: Joel Peterson
SCRIPT: James Valentine
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Joel Peterson
EDITOR: Jackie Powell
RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Filmbuff Productions
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: Sydney: March 17, 2005; other states to follow