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BANDWAGON

SYNOPSIS:
The only thing that brought them together was the music … and the fact that they couldn’t think of anything better to do. Charlie, Eric, Tony and Wynn hardly know each other, but here they are in the most ridiculous, volatile and tenuous of unions: a band. From garage practice to road tour, from rowdy fraternity houses to Mississippi clubs, four young men find themselves hurtling through an exhilarating, sometimes painful adventure that puts them on a collision course with self-discovery or self-destruction.

"Jump aboard the rock ‘n roller coaster ride for John Schultz’s fresh and energetic debut feature film, with complex characters thrown together by the love of music. Inspired by his experiences as a drummer, Schultz’s four intricately drawn, unique individuals, wonder whether the music is their goal, or whether the music is the means to an end. At the beginning of the journey, the answer is none too clear for this unlikely group, whereas after their journey, with the benefit of life’s greatest teacher - experience - a conclusion is reached. The lead performances (mostly by newcomers) are terrific - with Lee Holmes a standout as songwriter/ singer/ guitarist, Tony, whose shyness prompts him initially to sing and play from behind a cupboard; Matthew Hennessey is entertaining as the naďve, verbose, new age drummer, whose mother supplies the snacks. Issues of personality, egos, insecurities and loyalty are interwoven in the mix. Watch out for an off-the-wall interview in a radio station, that brings a new light to the term live broadcast. While sure to evoke comparisons with Alan Parker’s The Commitments, emphasis here is on the characters, whereas Alan Parker’s charmer concentrated a little more on the music and the sound. Bandwagon is a slice-of-life, cum road movie with attitude that is vibrant, funny, poignant and above all, entertaining."
Louise Keller

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0
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BANDWAGON (M)15+
(US)

CAST: Wynn Knapp, Eric Ellwood, Tony Ridge, Charlie Flagg, Linus Tate, Kevin Corrigan, Steve Parlavecchio, Lee Holmes, Matthew Hennessey, Doug MacMillan

DIRECTOR: John Schultz

PRODUCER: Alyson Poole, John Schultz

SCRIPT: John Schultz

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Shawn Maurer

EDITOR: John Pace

MUSIC: Greg Kendall

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Irina Rivera

RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Dendy

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 22, 1998

 







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