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A Heartbeat Away (2011)

A young aspiring rock guitarist is forced to become the musical director of the local marching band when his father is hit by a bus just four weeks before a major competition.

Director:

Gale Edwards

Writer:

Julie Kincade
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sebastian Gregory ... Kevin Flack
Isabel Lucas ... Mandy Riddick
William Zappa ... Edwin Flack
Tammy Macintosh ... Grace Flack
Colin Friels ... Mayor Riddick
Roy Billing ... George
Kerry Walker Kerry Walker ... Dawn
Terry Camilleri ... Gino
Errol O'Neill Errol O'Neill ... Derek
Adam Saunders ... Simon
Mark Furze ... Damian
Sam Hales Sam Hales ... Gary
Tiffany Lamb ... Tracy
Chase Vollenweider Chase Vollenweider ... Jimmy
Damien Garvey ... Hotel Manager
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Storyline

A young aspiring rock guitarist is forced to become the musical director of the local marching band when his father is hit by a bus just four weeks before a major competition.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The heart can be the greatest instrument of all

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2011 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 8,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pictures in Paradise See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Isabel Lucas and Mark Furze are both former stars of the Australian soap opera "Home and Away". See more »

Soundtracks

Pride of Montague
Written by Sean O'Boyle
Performed by Sydney Scoring Orchestra
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You'll be Brassed Off
14 February 2011 | by pearshakeSee all my reviews

A young indie rocker is forced to become the leader of his father's marching band just weeks before their major competition. With some help from the leotard-wearing Isabel Lucas, he must rearrange an iconic rock song and make sure the geriatric band members aren't brassed off. This falls largely into that lazy category that Australian films do so often. A simple plot line, set in a sleepy town with a bunch of clichéd Aussie characters that are meant to carry the film with their charm. This may work with classics such as Strictly Ballroom or the Castle, but in this film, the characters have no charisma, no spark, they get by purely on their musical talents. Isabel Lucas looks asleep during her performance, more so than usual and the lead role played by Sebastian Gregory provides a luckless character who an audience would fail to believe is capable of catching a fish, let alone a girl. The destructive weather that frames the story is a visual delight, however given the timing, I'm not sure that Australia is ready to see another quaint Queensland town swept away by storms.


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