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Breaking Glass (1980)

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Singer Kate (Hazel O’Connor) claws her way into the charts, with help from spiv manager Danny (Phil Daniels), only to find the glitter tarnished and the pressures of fame unbearable.

Efficiently directed by Brian Gibson, this hopelessly dated musical is completely formulaic on the rags-to-riches front, yet intriguing from a New Wave nostalgia perspective.

O’Connor, who wrote all the songs, hit the Top Ten with Eighth Day before fading into obscurity.

The “life imitating art” subtext adds another level of interest to what is basically a morose chronicle of music biz clichés.

The huge concert scene at the end of the film was filmed at the Rainbow in front of 2,000 extras, including Robert Elms, Boy George, Marilyn and Spizz.

breakingglass22Danny Price
Phil Daniels
Kate Crawley
Hazel O’Connor
Dave
Gary Tibbs
Tony
Mark Wingett
Ken
Jonathan Pryce
Mick Leaf
Peter-Hugo Daly
Bob Woods
Jon Finch
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

Director
Brian Gibson

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