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I'LL BE THERE
UK: Warner Bros
Cast: Craig Ferguson, Charlotte Church, Jemma Redgrave, Joss Ackland, Ralph Brown, Ian McNeice, Stephen Noonan, Imelda Staunton, Tom Ellis, Anthony Head, Marion Bailey
Director: Craig Ferguson
Countries: USA / UK
UK: 105 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate language, drugs and sex references
UK Release Date: 20 June 2003
Being a rock star isn't what it used to be - not for Paul Kerr (Craig Ferguson). Oh sure, he still gets roaring drunk and smashes up the place, but nowadays that means downing a couple of pints in solitude and racing his motorcycle around the cavernous hallways of his own draughty old mansion in Wales. Alone.
Seventeen years ago, Paul Kerr was on the crest of a wave. His music and his stage charisma was filling clubs all over the UK and drawing legions of screaming fans.
One of those fans was a bright, beautiful, music-loving free spirit named Rebecca (Jemma Redgrave). Paul and Rebecca spent three extraordinary days and nights together before he flew to America for the first leg of an international tour that would catapult his band into international superstardom.
Things got hectic for Paul after that, as his world fast became an endless round of concerts, parties, gold records and every kind of excess that fame and money could buy. He never heard from Rebecca again, nor she from him.
He never knew that he had become a father that weekend, of a beautiful girl named Olivia (Charlotte Church), now 16, who sings with the voice of an angel. Olivia lives with her mother Rebecca in a small town in Wales, and has absolutely no idea about who her father really is, having been lead to believe that he died before she was born. But now, both Paul and Olivia are about to learn the truth about each other...
Singing sensation Charlotte Church makes her film debut in I'LL BE THERE, a comedy about love, redemption and the enduring bond music holds between two unquestionably related strangers. I'LL BE THERE is written by Craig Ferguson and Philip McGrade, with Ferguson also starring and making his feature film directorial debut. The soundtrack features four songs sung by Church, "Would I Know," written by multi-Oscar-nominated composer Diane Warren; George & Ira Gershwin's "Summertime"; the traditional Celtic song, "In Hebrid Seas"; and The Four Tops classic "Reach Out (I'll Be There)."