Competition: Win ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and ‘Stardust’!

❉  Win newly restored versions of the rock’n’roll cult classics starring David Essex!

STUDIOCANAL is thrilled to announce the return of two rock ’n’ roll cult-classics, THAT’LL BE THE DAY and STARDUST, on October 21 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.

Read on to learn more about these newly restored versions and to find out how you could win copies of both titles in an exclusive We Are Cult competition!


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, The Prince of Denmark), alienated MacLaine becomes a lowly deckchair attendant before streetwise friend Mike (Ringo Starr – A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, The Magic Christian) 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


Directed by Michael Apted (The World is Not Enough, Gorillas in The Mist), this award-winning British Musical Drama STARDUST 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 author Bob Stanley
❉  Stills gallery


For a chance to win copies of these two rock’n’roll cult classics, , newly restored with brand-new extras, simply answer the following simple question in email to with the subject header ‘The only way is Essex‘:

Name all four members of Jim MacLaine’s backing band The Stray Cats in STARDUST.

Winners will be notified via email on 21 October 2019 and the randomly selected winners with the correct answer will be sent their prize as soon as stocks arrive.

Competitions Terms and Conditions

Only one entry will be accepted per person. The competition is open to UK residents only who are at least 18 years old. Entry to a competition and acceptance of a prize constitutes permission to use the winner’s name for promotional purposes without additional consultation. Competitions are not open to We Are Cult contributors or editors.

The prizewinners will be selected at random by We Are Cult. Only the winners will be contacted personally. There will be no cash alternatives to prizes. We Are Cult does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries via either the internet or post. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. We Are Cult’s decision is final in every situation, including any eventuality not covered above and no correspondence will be entered into. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them.

❉ ‘THAT’LL BE THE DAY and STARDUST are released on Blu-Ray for the first time, DVD & Download October 21st complete with brand new extras as part of the ‘Vintage Classics collection’ – showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content.

❉ This news release and competition presented by courtesy of Tim Mosley PR/STUDIOCANAL. We Are Cult is not responsible for the content of this news release.


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