Gillian Armstrong followed MY BRILLIANT CAREER (1979) with a colorful and quirky "new wave" musical which pays affectionate homage to the I-want-to-be-a-star vehicles of the 1930s and '40s.
Angus Mullins (Ross O'Donovan), 14, is determined to make his oddball cousin and best friend, Jackie (Jo Kennedy), a new wave superstar. He secures her a spot performing at a hip club in their home of Sydney, Australia. Jackie makes a splash--and makes off with the house band's leader, Robbie (Ned
Lander). The next morning, Jackie returns to the sprawling, run-down Harbour View Hotel. Owned by Jackie's mother, Pearl (Margo Lee), the hotel stays open only because of its pub. W...