The history of modern music is littered with seismic, earth shattering events which have changed people’s perception of what makes a superstar; Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show, David Bowie performing Starman on Top of the Pops, Johnny Rotten getting out of bed on the wrong side then subsequently getting annoyed with Bill Grundy and of course, the first TV appearance of Quint Fontana in 1984 on ITV’s Magpie. Some pop stars arrive rough and ready, a bit green, needing guidance and nurturing to make it to the top. Quint Fontana needed none of those things. He came down to earth from planet pop like a half man half Pegasus super being powered by a musical thunderbolt, firing lightning rods of pure pop directly into the face of the grey, drab world of 80’s Britain.
“I thought he did really well, it was a nice song” said Magpie presenter Tommy Boyd at the time.
Quint went on to have several top thirty hits over the next few years such as ‘Cock Talkin’ and his biggest hit, the classic ‘Girl, Girl, Girl, Girl, Girl, (You’re the Only Girl in the World) a top twenty smash in 1988. During those heady days Quint also went to several Brit Awards, linked himself to a string of beautiful women, applied to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and even went to Live Aid.
He was at the top of the showbiz tree but when you reach the top of the tree there is only one way down…and that’s down! Even adored love machine legends have their Achilles heel, and Quint’s Achilles heel took up liquid form and was invariably between 37.5 - 40% ABV
During the next 20 years Quint’s career hit a number of well publicised scandals; suing the Daily Mirror for slander after it falsely reported he’d appeared at a Labour Party fundraiser, the marriage, divorce and subsequent restraining order from his third wife Vanessa, public feuds with Emma Forbes, Brian Conley, Tony Hadley, Blazin Squad and the London Borough of Hammersmith as well as his much publicised tunnel escape from a voluntary stint in rehab.
However, Quint never lost sight of what he did best. Being a genius. Always a musical chameleon Quint explored a number of different styles during a period which if not plump with record sales was morbidly obese with creativity. From Jazz Funk to Pop, Swing beat to Gregorian chant rap fusion, few musical genres have escaped Quint’s touch and all those who’ve heard his songs are never the same again.
Thirty years on and Fontana is back to save the world once more…this time in the style of musical theatre!
"There’s a rich stew of influences here: some of the grim details recall Alan Partridge, while the gap between self-belief and output is pure John Shuttleworth, and the sheer unabashed cheesiness is reminiscent of Steve Furst’s much-loved Lenny Beige. But the net result is something fresh and new – not to mention often raucously entertaining." The Guardian
"Fontana has funny bones" Chortle
'Horse Boy...the making of' is a comedy documentary following self styled showbiz legend Quint Fontana as he tries to launch 'Horse Boy', a musical he has written himself based on the play 'Equus'. We will be treated to a warts and all look at the journey of the musical, from it's inception and the writing process,the casting and rehearsal, the struggle to get backing through to the tension of opening night, all from the perspective of a washed up former 80's pop star with a drink problem and a closet full of skeletons both alleged and actual. The project will also incorporate a music video for the title track of the musical.
We hope that the project will both help bring the character Quint Fontana to a wider audience as well as help establish the fledgling production company Horse Boy Productions of which this is one of several projects in production. As well as a very talented cast and crew we will have the experience of Brown Eyed Boy Productions and MLA Talent supporting us as well. The project will be produced by Andy Davies and Seb Bance.
Risks and challenges
Filming of the music video itself will bring up a number of challenges, namely filming with live animals (in a petting zoo) during winter.
To counter any issues with this we have a highly experienced crew with their own equipment, petting zoo staff will be on hand to assist with the animals and we have back up shoot days should the elements be against us.
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