Buddy's Song (1991) Film DVD
Actors: Roger Daltrey, Chesney Hawkes, Sharon Duce, Michael Elphick, Douglas Hodge. Directors: Claude Whatham Writers: Nigel Hinton
Producers: Roger Daltrey, Bill Curbishley, Ron Bareham, Roy Baird
Note: This film has never had an official release on DVD in the US or the UK.
Claude Whatham's (1990) film, based on Nigel Hinton's novel, charts the rapid success of a young pop singer, Buddy Clark (Chesney Hawkes), a generation before the film's actual release.
Between his feckless Dad (Roger Daltrey) and struggling Mum (Sharon Duce) we follow Buddy's early success and sudden leap to fame, from his modest working-class roots.
Replete with authentic classic cars and quirky costume of the times, this moving period piece captures the sudden, incandescent radiance of fame while balancing it with the sometimes grimy and shady underside of a business which puts people under the spotlight one day, only to drop them in the gutter the next.
This is good film to watch, because it's made by people who - unlike young Buddy - have been through the mill and come out the other end in more or less one piece.
Roger Daltrey (lead vocalist with 'The Who') and Bill Curbishley (Manager of 'The Who' and co-producer of the film) give the film an authentic bite that Hollywood might have missed.
The film was accompanied by a soundtrack album which featured Hawkes' hit "The One and Only". It was filmed in London and other sites around England, including: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire; Bracknell, Berkshire; Didcot, Oxfordshire and Slough, Berkshire.
The film was a sequel to the 1986 BBC television series Buddy, which starred Daltrey in the same role
Format: PAL on DVD-R
Format: multi-region '0'(free)
Source: tv recording to video later copied to dvd.
Quality: 8/10 (good video quality)
Runtime: 103 minutes
Presentation: in dvd case with case cover and printed discs.