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Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician (2001)

Chance, a hapless Los Angeles musician is searching for the coveted Moletron synthesizer through the classified ad paper the "Southlander", and meeting interesting characters along the way

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Steve Hanft

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Steve Hanft, Rossie Harris (as Ross Harris) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Cochrane ... Chance
Rossie Harris ... Rossangeles / Bek's Jam Double Axe (as Ross Harris)
Beth Orton ... Rocket
Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs ... Motherchild (as Lawrence Hilton Jacobs)
Richard Edson ... Thomas
Meghan Gallagher Meghan Gallagher ... Snowbunny
Beck ... Bek (as Beck Hansen)
Gregg Henry ... Lane Windbird
Kurt Lilly Kurt Lilly ... Steely Danzig
Pat Matthews Pat Matthews ... Chuckles Martin
Ione Skye ... Miss Highrise
Laura Prepon ... Seven Equals Five
Hank Williams III Hank Williams III ... Hank 3
Mark Gonzales Mark Gonzales ... Vince
Mary Gillis Mary Gillis ... Garage Lady
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In a city of desperate musicians, it takes a little bit more than talent to beat the odds. The MoleTron keyboard was Chance's ticket out of town. With it, the gig and the girl were his. But in the Southlander game, you might get a little bit more than you bargained for. Earth people are 'onto' the sound of the MoleTron synthesizer, which Chance, the 'Chosen One' chases after. Written by Grifter23 <abuzzmaster@yahoo.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Recycler See more »

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Propaganda Films See more »
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Laura Prepon's film debut. See more »

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Rossangeles: Pools and pills don't mix.
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My Kind of Alright
5 February 2004 | by DotacionSee all my reviews

An atmospheric treatment of a life lived in the margins- a struggling keyboard player in El Lay who has nothing left to lose- and his quest for the elusive sound that will make (or break) him.

Also an indirect descendant of 60's experimental film (but with a sense of humor), done with the advantage of modern technology and professional production crew, editors, and especially actors, its only downside is that it is shot on DV. Which, while great for conceptualizing and certainly easy on the budget, is ultimately disappointing to see in a feature. They simply make do.

The material manages to rise above this giant (well, to my sensibility) compromise, but still loses points. I will pay the makers a compliment by noting that Igby Goes Down and Tadpole, two other shot- on- DV features with (probably) higher budgets, could do no better than the makers here, who had the advantage of some truly groovy music to offset the flat visuals.

Maybe they'll get the chance to do it again on film and distribute it to a wider (well, art film) audience.

Earnest and engaging- and very laid back- with nice attention to the details of the struggling musicians life- trading (sometimes naively) through a Recycler like paper, using decrepit phone booths, thrift shop chic, easy drugs and sex (yee-ha). It is very evocative of a *ahem* certain lifestyle of 20- somethings who come to LA and struggle attempt to make something of themselves (which has been going on for decades).

Rory Cochrane keeps the whole thing together, which would doubtless have lost focus without his strong presence. Ross Harris as the psycopathic 'friend' is appropriately barmy- and he has fake sincerity _down_, man.

There is a long list of walk-ons, and they blend well with the overall production. They also appear to enjoy themselves, which gives the proceedings an added boost.

The music speaks for itself, and helps the whole to gel. Beck, Hank 3, Beth Orton, Union 13, Future Pigeon all appear on screen and add their sound to one of the better soundtracks you'll hear (provided you know who they are).

Possibly should be Recommended Viewing for teens formulating their own ideas about seeking the holy grail- or gold record- in Hollywood.


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