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Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008)

  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 503 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | Music
  • Release Date: 19 June 2009 (UK)
  • Runtime: 119 min
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Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 503 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | Music
  • Release Date: 19 June 2009 (UK)
  • Runtime: 119 min
  • Filming Location: Holloway Road, Holloway, London, England, UK
  • Budget: £1,250,000(estimated)
  • Gross: £64,651(UK)(2 August 2009)
  • Director: Nick Moran
  • Stars: Con O'Neill, Kevin Spacey and Pam Ferris
  • Original Music By: Ilan Eshkeri   
  • Soundtrack: Jack the Ripper
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Recording Studio | London England | Music Production | Based On Real Events | Based On Biography

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • James Hicks  writer
  • James Hicks  play
  • Nick Moran  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • Ralf Little plays the part of musician Chas Hodges, whilst Chas Hodges himself appears in the part of Mr. Brolin.
  • Actors Nigel Harman, James Corden, Ralf Little and Callum Dixon play Jess Conrad, Clem Cattini, Chas Hodges and John Leyton respectively. The real Conrad, Cattini, Hodges and Leyton all appear in the movie themselves albeit in small cameo roles.

Goofs: Anachronisms: It shows

Plot: A music-infused drama about Joe Meek, the flamboyantly gay, tone deaf, songwriter-producer behind the '60s hits "Have I the Right," "Just Like Eddie," "Johnny, Remember Me" and "Telstar." |  »

Story: A music-infused drama about Joe Meek, the flamboyantly gay, tone deaf, songwriter-producer behind the '60s hits "Have I the Right," "Just Like Eddie," "Johnny, Remember Me" and "Telstar."

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Adam Bohling known as producer
  • David Groves known as executive producer
  • Simon Jordan known as producer
  • Dean O'Toole known as line producer
  • David Reid known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Con O'Neill known as Joe Meek
  • Kevin Spacey known as Major Wilfred Banks
  • Pam Ferris known as Mrs. Violet Shenton
  • JJ Feild known as Heinz Burt
  • James Corden known as Clem Cattini
  • Tom Burke known as Geoff Goddard
  • Ralf Little known as Chas Hodges
  • Sid Mitchell known as Patrick Pink
  • Mathew Baynton known as Ritchie Blackmore
  • Shaun Evans known as Billy Kuy
  • Callum Dixon known as John Leyton
  • Tom Harper known as Alan Caddy
  • Jon Lee known as Billy Fury
  • Nigel Harman known as Jess Conrad
  • Carl Barât known as Gene Vincent
  • Justin Hawkins known as Screaming Lord Sutch
  • Jess Conrad known as Larry Parnes
  • Clem Cattini known as Chauffeur
  • Chas Hodges known as Mr. Brolin
  • John Leyton known as Sir Edward
  • Robbie Duke known as Stagehand
  • Michael Sarne known as Backstage Manager (as Mike Sarne)
  • David Hayler known as John Peel
  • Craig Vye known as Mitch Mitchell
  • Joan Hodges known as Biddy Meek
  • Jimmy Carr known as Gentleman
  • Jim Field Smith known as Ken Howard
  • Marcus Brigstocke known as Alan Blaikley
  • Stephanie Dickens known as Brenda
  • Gary Whelan known as Detective
  • Liam Smith known as Desk sergeant
  • Jake Arnott known as Board of Trade Man 1
  • Jon Ivay known as Board of Trade Man 2
  • Tony Milner known as Board of Trade Officer
  • Rita Tushingham known as Essex Medium
  • Gareth Corke known as Accountant
  • Alicia Davies known as Lady Victim
  • Joseph Millson known as Doctor
  • Jack Roth known as Youth
  • Matthew Kiziltan known as Lionel (as Matthew Krug)
  • Pandora Clifford known as Her Royal Highness
  • Louis Hennessey Hicks known as Joe aged 13
  • Che Deedigan known as Joe aged 9
  • Steve Pound known as Solicitor
  • Dominic Adams known as Undercover Policeman
  • Henry Lloyd-Hughes known as Teddy Boy (as Henry Lloyd Hughes)
  • Guy Lewis known as Charles Blackwell
  • Vicky Lewis known as Della
  • Richard Miles known as Richard Miles
  • Steve Daly known as Photographer
  • Holly Bailey known as Backing singer
  • Alan Scally known as George Bellamy
  • Dominic Arnall known as Roger Lavern
  • Sonia Doubell known as Secretary
  • Elizabeth Adamczyk known as Teddyboy's Girl (uncredited)
  • Michael Chalkley known as Bailiff (uncredited)
  • Nichola Lindsay Doe known as Offensive Girl (uncredited)
  • Lee Donaghy known as Photographer (uncredited)
  • Mark Tristan Eccles known as 1960's Mod (uncredited)
  • Sarah Hannah known as EMI Secretary (uncredited)
  • Libby Hayter known as School Girl (uncredited)
  • Bill Kaye known as Clerk of the court (uncredited)
  • Barry Newton known as Novello Awards' Guest (uncredited)
  • Robert Roman Ratajczak known as Music Fan (uncredited)
  • Gary Schiffman known as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Joe Shefer known as Ambulance paramedic (uncredited)
  • Nina Spriggs known as Woman (uncredited)
  • Nick Thomas-Webster known as Lord Justice Wignall (uncredited)
  • Lee Whiteman known as Lab Technician (uncredited)
  • Chris Wilson known as Tornados Stagehand (uncredited)
  • Ruth Wynne known as EMI Receptionist (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Jo Grover known as makeup artist
  • Lizzie Lawson known as makeup designer
  • Rachael Speke known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Johnny Campling known as props
  • Caroline Harper known as stand-by art director
  • Oli van der Vijver known as props
  • Lee Whiteman known as set dresser




Production Companies:

  • Aspiration Films

Other Companies:

  • ARRI Media  camera and grip equipment provided by
  • Fuji Photo Film  film stock provided by
  • Media Services  stationery supplier
  • Mint Post  foley studio
  • Sapex Scripts  post-production script services


  • G2 Pictures (2009) (UK) (all media)
  • Opal Movies (2011) (Australia) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Rushes Post Production

Visual Effects by:

  • Dave Bannister known as digital compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • George Barbour known as animator: Rushes Post Production
  • Michael Deming known as digital film bureau
  • Sukh Gill known as visual effects coordinator: Rushes Post Production
  • Louise Hussey known as visual effects producer: Rushes Post Production
  • Alex Jenyon known as matte painter: Rushes Post Production
  • Hayden Jones known as digital compositor
  • Timothy P. Jones known as visual effects: digital film bureau
  • Tom Kimberley known as compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • Alex Llewellyn known as digital compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • Ian Murphy known as digital compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • John Palmer known as digital film bureau manager: Scanning and Laser record
  • Mark Pascoe known as animator
  • Rob Pizzey known as digital colourist
  • Scott Pritchard known as lead compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • Jonathan Privett known as visual effects supervisor: Rushes Post Production
  • Cristina Puente known as digital compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • Adam Rowland known as digital compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • Alan Williamson known as visual effects assistant
  • Jez Tucker known as senior systems administrator: Rushes Post Production (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • UK 25 October 2008 (London Film Festival) (premiere)
  • Netherlands 25 January 2009 (International Film Festival Rotterdam)
  • Germany 5 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • Argentina 26 March 2009 (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)
  • USA 30 May 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • UK 19 June 2009
  • Greece 26 September 2009 (Athens Film Festival)
  • UK 28 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Poland October 2009 (Warsaw Film Festival)
  • Belgium 7 October 2009 (Gent International Film Festival)
  • Sweden 20 July 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for language, sexual content and brief violence



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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