Essential Film Directors, Russell Mulcahy

A Lifetime television movie, Prayers for Bobby is a tragic and heartfelt story directed by Australian director Russell Mulcahy.  As part of a conservative Christian family, a young man named Bobby does his best to follow his church’s teachings, and especially the teachings of his devout Christian mother, Mary Griffith, played by Sigourney Weaver.

Bobby soon discovers that he might actually be gay.  Distraught with feelings of discomfort and indoctrinated shame, he shares his secret with his brother Ed.  The Griffith family soon comes to terms with Bobby’s homosexuality, with the exception of his mother.  Mary Griffith believes his “sin” of homosexuality may be cured by the church, and urges her son to participate in as many church activities as possible.  Not wanting to disappoint his mother, Bobby agrees, yet he is soon conflicted by the church’s unacceptance of homosexuality, deeming it impure and shameful.  Bobby ultimately falls into depression, which only comes to an end with his suicide.

Prayers for Bobby

Russell Mulcahy is an openly gay Australian film and music video director, who first made a name for himself in the early 1980’s.  After moving to the UK in the late 1970’s, Mulcahy began directing music videos for several popular British acts, including Elton John, Duran Duran, and The Rolling Stones.  In 1981, Mulcahy became a household name when his video for The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” premiered as the very first music video to ever appear on MTV.

While working with the music industry, Mulcahy also embraced opportunities to direct feature films, working alongside big name stars like Sylvester Stallone, Denzel Washington, Sean Connery, and Christopher Lambert.

Throughout the 1990’s, Russell Mulcahy continued working in film and music videos, while also taking on opportunities to direct television series and direct-to-DVD projects.  Mulcahy still actively directs and lives in Sydney with his partner.

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Beginning with 1981’s debut music video on MTV, “Video Killed the Radio Star,” Russell Mulcahy became one of the premier music video directors of the 1980’s.  The director worked with some of the biggest talents of the decade, including multiple videos for Duran Duran, Bonnie Tyler, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Billy Joel, Culture Club, The Rolling Stones, and an astounding 20 music videos with Sir Elton John.

In film, Mulcahy is most famous for his Highlander series, starring Christopher Lambert.  The cult classic made way for new opportunities, including Ricochet, Blue Ice, The Real McCoy, and Resurrection.  Mulcahy was also tapped to direct part of the Rambo series, but backed out due to creative differences.

The director has also experienced much success in television, directing popular series such as Tales from the Crypt, Skin, and Teen Wolf.

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