Status Quo, the cyclone that rocked Fiji – part 2

We continue our Doris Visits special of filming a feature film with two rock stars just days after the biggest cyclone in Fiji’s history. (Click here to see part 1 first). Fiji was rocked first by a cyclone then by rock band Status Quo. Francis Rossi talks about his future, which was being pondered back in 2012, Rick was not well and they were finding the full 2-hour gig tough. These are interviews never seen before and material we have never published. Much of this is because Universal took over the publicity to the film Bula Quo and this whole section was never used. Back then we had no way of looking at the hours of films and chats and interviews that were collected as we had no edit suit.

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As we are essentially a cruise TV channel now, Fiji and the Pacific are very much on our route. We have films of cruise stops in Hawaii, Bora Bora and Tahiti, but this was no holiday. This was hard work and people had lost their homes. Please follow us online, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Whichever songs you like of Quo, the original pop, the heavier years, or the later more family orientated shows, there is no denying there have been key points in their history. Live Aid in 1985 was huge. The band had not been together for months and may have never played together again for that day. This was another turning point in their history, sense the mood. Here Francis and Rick were together each day for 12 hours or filming, they formed a brand new bond. In a time when no other records or albums were planned they both got enthused a whole new album was produced.GAME OF THRONES TAKE ON DUBROVNIK  OUR ANGELS & DEMONS TAKE ON ROMEThe film did things that no one except those involved could understand. It was meant to be a heavier film, with heavier songs and a more violent script. Here you can see that Rick was not in favour of that and preferred the softer humour route for their new party in the park Radio 2 audience. The original film was to star Vinnie Jones as followers of the film’s journey will know. Had Rick not fallen ill the first time it may have been made that way. However, when the film moved it to Fiji Stuart had Fijian versions of their songs recorded with his composer Mark Blackledge and Tim Dodd playing the guitar. The fusion of music was played to the band, they mimed to them and then those unplugged songs started a new era. None of that would have happened without the film.

It is no secret that the next film was to be India, but with ill health, it was stalled and now sadly Rick has passed. Again Stuart was looking to force a new music fusion. The idea is not dead. Their manager Simon loves Cyprus and there is a British rocker who plays Bhangra Rock in a restaurant he frequents. We have eaten there with him. This film shows a number of things that will become more apparent as the parts unfold. But it shows the storm wrecked island a little. Part three in this series will be a storm film. Playing the same thing and songs every night is a double edge sword one is grateful for, but, something new is an adventure that may or may not work. The risk frightens and entices, only the brave step forward. Well done to all concerned.

If you or a fan missed the film, then as Christmas is coming it is a great stocking filler. The BluRay version has the standard extras on, it does not have this material. Why are they on the Blurry and not the ordinary DVD. That is a choice Universal made not us, but the technical ability to put a movie shot at 4k on a DVD plus an hours filmed extras may have more than a lot to do with it. If you don’t have a Blu Ray, then these extras are better and exclusive, but the other extras are available on the white-listed Bula Quo YouTube Channel. (click here)

Director Stuart St Paul has given his very gripping talk on the making of this film in the Pacific on the P&O ship Arcadia, and on other ships such as AzuraAurora,  Oceana,   Queen Victoria and Britannia. Next year he takes it onto the Oceana and Ventura. The storm film is here and is part 3.

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