The Turner Prize-winning artist joins host Paul Richards showing Tommy preceded by a Q&A. Tommy is a 1975 British satirical surrealist operetta fantasy drama film written and directed by Ken Russell and based on The Who’s 1969 rock opera album about a “psychosomatically deaf, mute, and blind” boy who becomes a pinball champion and religious leader. The film features a star-studded ensemble cast, including the band members themselves (most notably, lead singer Roger Daltrey, who plays the title role), Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Elton John and Jack Nicholson.
After seeing his stepfather murder his father during an argument over his mother, young Tommy goes into shock. As a teenager, Tommy stumbles upon a pinball machine and discovers he is a natural prodigy at the game. Fame and fortune follow for Tommy, as he becomes a pinball champion and later the messiah of a religious cult, which views his pinball skills as a miraculous sign of divine intervention.
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