Telstar: The Joe Meek Story

Synopsis: In the early 1960s self-taught electronics whizz Joe Meek amazingly produces a string of home made hit singles from his studio in his flat above a leather shop in London. His biggest success is the instrumental 'Telstar' but accusations of plagiarism delay royalties. Joe's mercurial temper causes his artists to forsake him for other labels, in particular his young lover Heinz Burt. Now in debt and after unwisely parting from his chief financier Major Banks, Joe finds himself unable to control his life. Increasingly paranoid, believing he is being bugged by rival record companies and that everybody is out to get him, the last straw comes when landlady Violet tells him she is selling the building in which he lives. Joe had once confiscated a shotgun from Heinz. Now it is dangerously close at hand and about to end the Joe Meek story.
Director(s): Nick Moran
Production: PreviewNetworks
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119 min

Joe! I need for you to come inside now!


No, now!

Your father's having one of his turns.


- In a minute!


- '..A minute... A minute... A minute...'

'A minute... A minute... A minute... A minute...'


'Next week on Harper's West One, special guest star

'John Leyton, star of Biggles as you've never seen him before.

'That's Thursday, eight o'clock, Harper's West One.'

'..and a very special good morning to the housewife at number 26...'


- Would sir need any assistance?

- I'm... They're recording my song.

Well, then, you'll do. I need to have a word about my ceiling.

- Sorry, I can't...

- I'm the landlady. This is my building.

- ..Help.

- Pardon?

- I can't help. I only just...

- It's none of my business,

but they've had some very odd types up there.

My Albert won't stand for it.

As long as they keep themselves to themselves, but this takes the biscuit!

- What do you make of that? It's all black and treacly.

- Yes.

- Some sort of glue. They've only been here a fortnight.

- Oh, dear.

Had some terrible complaints from the neighbours about the noise.

Grown men playing silly beggars with records.

I only hope it doesn't add up to nothing.

Actually, I've already bought two.

You should see the state of it up there.

I'm never going to be able to let it again now, am I? You're a quiet one, aren't you?

- Sorry. Just a bit...

- Shy? Not much good for a pop star.

- Actually, I'm classically trained. Biggles is doing my song.

- Biggles?

- Off the telly.

- Of course he is, dear. Now, come on. Let's find trouble.

Yes, let's.

How many musicians am I paying for? For God's sake.

Oh, Major, you'll do. I've had a disaster in my stockroom.

Just arrived myself, Violet, dear.

- Joe will be down as soon as he's spotted.

- Thank you.

Must crack on, woman, crack on!

Here, I've had some very nice oxblood belts in,

go lovely with them brogues.

- Ta-ra!

- Anton, isn't it?

- Sorry?

- Anton Hollywood, pianist?

- Yes.

- Well, no.

- Well, I'm afraid Joe's decision is final,

he doesn't feel you've got what it takes.

And if you've come for compensation, you can trot off back to wherever the hell...

No, it's Geoff, not just Geoff. Geoff Goddard.

- Oh! The author! Tunesmith!

- Composer.

- Composer, yes, of course.

The name Anton Hollywood was Joe's idea, it's not real.

It's a stage name. He thought he'd do a Russ Conway with me, didn't work out.

So you're Goddard, are you? Read Goddard, didn't think Hollywood.

- No, well, you wouldn't.

- Don't slouch, young man! Upright! Shoulders back!

Splendid song!

(Thank you.)

In fact, I wanted to thank you for the opportunity, really.

- This is a very good...opportunity. And...

- Very touching.

It's Joe you should thank. He's the one that spotted your talent.

I know Fanny Adams about the tunes. I just pull the purse strings.

- I'm in plastics.

- Really?

- Yes, my son took me to a record shop, selling like hot cakes.

What's his name? Lonnie? Larry? Big nose, curly hair, plays the broom.

- Donegan? Lonnie Donegan?

- That's the chap! Expanding market, see?

Good business opportunity. Met Joe, thought, "That's my boy.

"He knows his Indians." Anyway, it's him you should thank.


That'll be the last time anyone uses that this morning.

Carry on singing, I'll be back in a minute.

Oh, hello, Geoff! I know what you're thinking, why are they singing in the toilet?

Well, once I've worked my magic and added some reverb,

it'll sound more like a cathedral! Do you need to go?

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Nick Moran

Nick Moran (born 23 December 1968) is an English actor, writer, producer and director, best known for his role as Eddy the card sharp in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. He appeared as Scabior in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2. more…

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