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Win tickets to a London screening and Q&A for rock 'n' roll cult classic That'll Be The Day

That'll Be The Day

Preview by Jack Foley

STUDIOCANAL is thrilled to announce the return of two rock ’n’ roll cult-classics, That’ll Be The Day and Stardust, on October 21, 2019, as part of the Vintage Classics collection, along with the chance to catch them on the big screen at special Q&A screenings in association with Heavenly Films and Matters of Vinyl Importance.

Starring a young David Essex in the role that launched his film career and featuring a who’s who of British music in a supporting cast including Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury, Marty Wilde, Dave Edmunds and Adam Faith, these films recreate perfectly the experience of being a young music fan in the late ‘50’s and early ‘60’s and are a unique insight into a time where the world was changing so rapidly.

Thanks to a brand-new restoration of Stardust and the opportunity to own it and That’ll Be The Day on Blu-Ray for the very first time, audiences will be now able to enjoy these tales of the rise of a rock ‘n’ roll star looking and sounding better than ever when they are released on DVD, Digital Download and on Blu-Ray – complete with brand new extras material.

Produced by the great David Puttnam (The Mission, Chariots of Fire), the films boast soundtracks that capture the music of the era perfectly and feature timeless music by David Essex, Billy Fury, Bobby Darin, Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, The Beach Boys, Carole King, The Shirelles, Jefferson Airplane, Bee Gees, Righteous Brothers, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Cat Stevens, The Animals, and more.

Heavenly Films present…


Regent St Cinema London

Wednesday, October 23, 7.30pm

Followed by Q&A with writer Ray Connolly

Booking link

Nominated for two BAFTAs on release in 1973, That’ll Be The Day tells the story of Jim MacLaine (David Essex – Stardust, Silver Dream Racer). Abandoned by his father when he was young, Jim, a suburban school dropout, leaves home and drifts through a succession of dead-end jobs until he finds an outlet for his frustration in rock ‘n’ roll.

Tossing away the chance of a university education much to the consternation of his mother (Rosemary Leach – A Room With A View, Turtle Bay), alienated MacLaine becomes a lowly deckchair attendant before streetwise friend Mike (Ringo Starr – A Hard Day’s Night, Help!) gets him a job firstly as a barman and then with the fun fair. The initially shy MacLaine quickly becomes a heartless fairground Romeo leaving a trail of broken hearts in his wake.

DVD / Blu-Ray Extras
• New Interview with David Puttnam
• New Interview with Ray Connolly
• New Interview with author Bob Stanley
• Stills gallery

1973 / Cert: PG / Total Running Time: 91 mins approx.

Win tickets to a London screening and Q&A for That’ll Be The Day

To celebrate the re-release of That’ll Be The Day on DVD on October 21, 2019, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the screening of the film at Regent Street Cinema, London, on October 23. Simply answer the following question…

Q. How many BAFTAs was That’ll Be The Day nominated for?

Simply send the answer to That’ll Be The Day competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email


RichMix & Matters of Vinyl Importance Proudly Presents:


RichMix Cinema London

Thursday, October 24, 8.30pm

Followed by Q&A with writer Ray Connolly

Booking link

Directed by Michael Apted (The World is Not Enough, Gorillas in The Mist), this award-winning British Musical Drama is the follow up to That’ll Be The Day and, like its predecessor, features a wealth of British musical talent in the supporting cast, including Adam Faith, Marty Wilde and Keith Moon.

Aspiring rock star, Jim MacLaine (David Essex – That’ll be The Day, Silver Dream Racer), is back with The Stray Cats (Paul Nicholas, Keith Moon, Dave Edmunds and Karl Howman) and is in desperate need of a road manager. He seeks out his old friend Mike (Adam Faith) who takes up the monumental task of keeping Jim on track whilst he rises to fame. The sweet taste of success begins to turn sour as Jim immerses himself in hedonism and loses sight of who he used to be.

For the 2019 restoration of STARDUST STUDIOCANAL went back to the original camera negative where possible and alternative sources where severe damage that could not be repaired was encountered. These elements were scanned at 4K resolution in 16bit.

The project involved over 200 hours of manual frame by frame fixes and resulted in the creation of a new DCP, and HD version which were produced with the same high technological standards as today’s biggest international film releases.

DVD / Blu-Ray Extras
• New Interview with David Puttnam
• New Interview with Michael Apted
• New Interview with writer Ray Connolly
• Stills gallery

1974 / Cert: PG / Total Running Time: 111 mins approx.