CONSTANTLY being met with the response “Todd who?” when telling people about his musical idol Todd Rundgren inspired Gavin Bond to create a short “rockumentary” of the same name.
The Glendalough-based Bond and co-director Ian Abercromby, from Leederville, released their first documentary Buff in 2011 and teamed up again to investigate the American rocker, who Bond describes as “criminally underrated.”
“If I had a dollar for every time someone said ‘Todd who?’ to me I’d be a millionaire,” Bond said.
“I discovered him in the late 80s and I’ve followed him ever since because he’s a very eclectic artist, he’s produced a lot of albums, he’s a talented musician but he’s also a bit of a philosopher and a pioneer.”
Both full-time teachers, Bond and Abercromby worked on Todd Who? in bits and pieces whenever they could.
The film had been all but completed when they found out that Rundgren was touring in the eastern states and flew to Sydney to interview him.
“I told him what the theme of the movie was and he laughed because I think he’s not aspiring to stardom, he’s pretty comfortable the way he is.”
If he wasn’t restricted by budget or time, Bond said he’d love to make a feature-length documentary on his musical hero.
“There’s a thousand documentaries on The Rolling Stones and The Beatles and there’s lots of documentaries on little known artists who don’t deserve them and Todd’s somewhere in the middle,” he said.
“Maybe one day I’ll make a definitive documentary on Todd but for now it was more of a quirky look at why people should know about him.”
Where: BamBOO Outdoor Cinema and Rooftop Movies
When: January 21 and February 5
Tickets: http://lunapalace.com.au (shown with Fridey at the Hydey) and www.rooftopmovies.com.au