Telstar is such an entertaining film that you’re left wondering why ‘we’ don’t make more like it. It’s a true-ish, homegrown story about an evocative recent period, and one that’s directed and performed with real enjoyment and enthusiasm.
Set in the early 1960s, Telstar is all about Joe Meek (Con O’Neill), an independent record producer with an ego the size of a hot-air balloon but without the success required to inflate it – yet. Meek creates his concoctions in a flat above a shop on London’s Holloway Road (number 304, it’s still there, and marked by a plaque). His musical adventures are funded by Major Banks (Kevin Spacey), a rather staid businessman who doesn’t understand Meek’s maverick tendencies but tolerates them. (more…)