Geoffrey Rush in Starstruck

Title:
Geoffrey Rush in Starstruck
NFSA ID:
34987
Year:
1982
Courtesy:
Palm Beach Pictures
Category:
Access fees

In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance, Geoffrey Rush plays the stage manager during the Sydney Opera House finale of Gillian Armstrong's Starstruck. He even gets to dance with Jackie (Jo Kennedy) as she hijacks the stage during the live national talent contest; look for the man in the blue t-shirt, on the right-hand side of the stage!

In August 2016, Rush visited the NFSA and referred to this role during a Q&A celebrating Shine (1996):
'All I'd done on film was Hoodwink (1981) and Starstruck. In the former I played a cop from the Gold Coast, opposite John Hargreaves and Wendy Hughes. I look like a turkey embryo. And then in Starstruck, I had a role the size of the third rat on the coach in Cinderella. So film was not really where I was heading, so I waited for Shine.'

This clip is from the 2015 NFSA digital restoration of Starstruck.

Director:
Gillian Armstrong
Producer:
David Elfick
Jackie Mullens:
Jo Kennedy
Stage Manager:
Geoffrey Rush