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Year: 2000, 66 minsStreaming, DVD
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When singer and clarinetist Gerry Humphrys moved from Britain to Australia in 1957, he quickly became one of the most popular and influential musicians in his adopted homeland. Humphrys' jazz combo, the Red Onion Jazz Band, was widely regarded as Australia's finest trad jazz outfit, and when rock & roll became the dominant sound in pop music in the early 1960s, Humphrys embraced the new style as lead vocalist with the upbeat R&B ensemble the Loved Ones, which won him legions of new fans.
In 1972, Humphrys returned to London, and seemed to disappear from sight, making no further recordings or personal appearances. Gerry Humphrys: The Loved One features interviews with Humphrys' bandmates and performance footage of the man in his prime, both testifying to his talent and influence; filmmaker Nigel Buesst also tracked down Humphrys at his home in suburban England to find out the truth behind his vanishing act.
Gerry Humphrys: The Loved One premiered at the 2000 Melbourne Film Festival.
Director / Editor / Camera / Producer: Nigel BuesstCast: Gerry Humphreys, Allan Browne, Ross Hannaford, Mike Edwards, Conrad Joyce, Kim Lynch, Adrian Rawlins, Rob Lovett, Claire Humphrys-Hunt
After graduating B Com from Melbourne Uni in 1960, Nigel Buesst sought work in the British film industry. He worked at Shepperton Studios as an assistant editor and on various other freelance assignments before returning to Melbourne in 1962 to work for the ABC at Ripponlea. Since then he's worked in various capacities, as film editor, cameraman, sound recordist, producer and director. He was particularly active in the '60s Carlton scene, made manifest in the doco Carlton + Godard = Cinema. He spent thirteen years as a lecturer at Swinburne University's Film and TV Department and five years as Director of the St Kilda Film Festival.
Nigel Buesst started out with a biopic about Squizzy Taylor and has returned to the form on several occasions, fascinated perhaps by the excitement and variety of other people's lives. Recent subjects have been Benny Featherstone, a memorable bandleader of the '30s, and Gerry Humphrys, the lead singer of The Loved Ones. There have been numerous shorts, mostly on 16mm and in collaboration with others, and a few features, the most ambitious being Compo in 1987. This filmed version of a play by Abe Pogos was screened at the 1989 MIFF and sold to BBC television. Nigel's main influences have been filmmakers who have achieved magic on minimal budgets, ranging from the British Free Cinema movement through to the French New Wave, to Andy Warhol in New York, Raul Ruiz, Werner Herzog, even the Dogma crowd. But he concedes that magic on any budget is alluring, like Mulholland Drive or Punch-drunk Love.
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