Waiting: The Van Duren Story


1 x 60’ or 1 x 90'

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Grow Yourself Up Films



What would happen if you found ‘Sugarman’ in the Facebook age?

Managed by Andrew Loog Oldham (manager of The Rolling Stones) in the 1970’s, musician Van Duren was tipped to be the next Paul McCartney, but instead faded into obscurity.

Forty years later, two aspiring Australian film-makers come across the mysterious musician’s lost album and set out to discover what went wrong. They track Van Duren down on Facebook and, despite never having picked up a camera before, journey through the US to meet him. Along the way they cross paths with rockstars, Scientologists, con men and a host of talented musicians who never quite made it. Van Duren’s lost career is a parable of the trials and tribulations of the music industry. Waiting: the Van Duren Story is a love letter to the artist that should have helped to define a generation.