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The Rock-itt : November 2011
In this month’s issue of The Rock-itt we snared a really unique opportunity with American artist and composer, Robert Florczak. Robert wrote the brilliant musical score for the 1981 animal flick, “Roar” which starred Tippi Hedren (who played the female lead in Hitchcock’s “The Birds”), Noel Marshal ( who directed the satanical thriller, “The Exorcist”) and Melanie Griffith, who is Tippi Hedren and Noel Marshall’s daughter, along with 150 lions, tigers, and leopards. It took a whopping 11 years to make at a cost of 18 million dollars. Although being so long in the making and at a hefty $18 million put into the production, unfortunately the rewards for such a big feature weren’t realised and retuned only $2 million at the box office. Why such a poor financial return for such a good production which was totally embraced by movie goers in both Australia and New Zealand, was put down to the indifferences at the end of production between the producers of Roar and studio giants, Paramount and Universal. Unfortunately “Roar” wasn’t released in the United States which has the biggest movie following of anywhere in the world, and where the film would have undoubtedly made its money. Such a sad climax for the people who produced the whole thing - $16 million out of pocket for the project after so much went into it must have been a bitter pill to swallow. But there was one success story which came out of it all back in 1981, which definitely brought composer Robert Florczak’s musical genius out into the light. Robert was commissioned by the film’s producer, Noel Marshall, to write the score, even though a musical score was already in place. After Marshall had heard some of Florczak’s compositions he scrapped the original score and invited Florczak and his musical partner and producer, Terence P Minogue, to his wild life reserve where the two lived for over a year penning the songs and instrumental score for the film. Even with the lack of support from the The 1981 Classic Movie Special feature By Pete Johnson Robert Florczak 1983 Filming with Depont