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Perfect Strangers (NZ 2003)

Romantic dark thriller starring Sam Neill and Rachael Blake.
Director: Gaylene Preston

The Blackouts - "Anchor Me" (McGlashan) (new recording)

The musicians who played on the recording are:-

Ross Burge, Don McGlashan and Hammond Gamble
Ross Burge, Don McGlashan and Hammond Gamble

The Blackouts, who appear in the film:-

  • Don McGlashan (the Mutton Birds)
  • Barry Saunders (the Warratahs)
  • Hammond Gamble (Street Talk)
  • Ross Burge (the Mutton Birds)
  • Alan Norman - accordion

Songs performed in a series of pub scenes:-

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Soundtrack album

Perfect Strangers CD
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Music by Plan 9

The band

Original music composed, arranged and performed by David Donaldson, Stephen Roche and Janet Roddick
Guitar: David Long
Drums: Chris O'Connor
and
String section conducted by Kenneth Young

Music supervision: Chris Gough, Mana Music

"Leaving The Country (Hammond James Gamble)
Performed by Hammond Gamble, Ross Burge, Neil Hannan, Alan Norman, David Long and Shayn Wills
Produced by David Long, Mike Gibson and Don McGlashan

"Anchor Me" (Don McGlashan)
Performed by Don McGlashan, Ross Burge, Sean Donnelly, Tatiana Lanchtchikova, Alan Norman, David Long and Barry Saunders
Produced by David Long, Mike Gibson and Don McGlashan

"Un Bel Di Vedremo" (Puccini: from "Madame Butterfly")
Performed by Dame Malvina Major
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Brian Law

"Forever Stay" (Jay Cassells/David Donaldson/Stephen Roche/Janet Roddick
Performed by Plan 9

"Not The Girl You Think You Are (Neil Finn)
Performed by Crowded House

"All Shall Be Well" (Neil Finn/Michael Leunig)
Neil Finn: vocals, piano
Sebastian Steinberg; violin
Lisa Germano: violin

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Notes

The director, Gaylene Preston, asked Hammond Gamble, Barry Saunders and Don McGlashan if they would like to front "The Blackouts", because the songs are used in pub scenes. They were joined by Ross Burge and Alan Norman and spent two days filming in Westport.


From: Perfect Strangers - About (New Zealand Film Commission)

"DON McGLASHAN has contributed a new and haunting version of ‘Anchor Me,’ HAMMOND GAMBLE has beefed up ‘Leaving the Country,’ and Crowded House contribute ‘You’re not the Girl You Think You Are’ which was first recommended to me by Sam during our rehearsal time. The theme song ‘Recognise a Stranger’s Face,’ was written by PLAN 9 with JAY CASSELLS our associate producer contributing to the lyrics. NEIL FINN brought ‘All Shall Be Well,’ with lyrics by MICHAEL LEUNIG – a small prayer for Melanie as she loses sight of reality and drifts into madness."

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Movie release information

Perfect Strangers DVD
  • UK - DVD PAL Region 2
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Classification

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Links

Perfect Strangers (New Zealand Film Commission)

Perfect Strangers (2003) (Internet Movie Database)

Official Site - Music

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Sources of information

Mana music; Mutton Birds (Yahoo Groups)

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