Arthur Stuart: "What's wrong with
Curt Wild: "Nothing, if you don't
look at the world."
Next scene, a group of hopeful losers
in a downtrodden bar, always on the outside looking in.
Goldmine", a depiction of glam-rock based roughly around 1969 to 1974,
is a spectacular tribute to this movement that overtook London in
the early seventies. The story takes us to and from, 1974 to 1984,
as British journalist Arthur Stuart (pictured left) covers a story
on the 10th year anniversary of the disappearance of glam-rocker Brian
Slade, for the New York Herald. Slade rose to fame after reinventing
himself from an imageless fledgling into a glittering rock star, along
with his alter-ego, Maxwell Demon.
Breaking into America, he embarks on an affair with the charismatic
and decadent Curt Wild, which with it, eventually brings the end of
his marriage to Mandy and the beginning of a torrid, cocaine-filled
relationship. Initially, it was a gloriously happy union, however
things began to go sour when Curt began recording for him.
After the acrimonious breakup, Slade phones his manager, Devine, wanting
to break his contract. Upon failing this, he fakes his own assassination
This is eventually revealed as a hoax and Slade goes into hiding.
Stuart's search includes an interview with another ex-manager, Cecil,
Slade's wife and finally ex-lover, Wild.
Although Wild does not reveal he has any knowledge of Slade's whereabouts,
his very presence in New York at the time of the Tommy Stone Show,
his ticket to the show (we assume it is his, it is crumpled up on
his table in front of him) and plus, the extra scenes given to this
variety show host, are there to suggest something. This picture, by
the way, is not how Tommy Stone looks now, it appeared on television
just after Stone was asked by Arthur Stuart about his relationship
with Brian Slade ten years ago. Possibly a shock picture just to show
how they could be one and the same? The hair style certainly is.
Are we being told, and not so subtly,
the answer? Personally, I think the film is saying it's a possibility
but that's all. I don't think we will ever know the truth.