To celebrate the re-release of That’ll Be The Day on DVD on October 21, 2019, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the screening of the film at Regent Street Cinema, London, on October 23.
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), alienated MacLaine becomes a lowly deckchair attendant before streetwise friend Mike (Ringo Starr – A Hard Day’s Night, Help!) 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.