Based on a coming-of-age story set in Dublin, The Weinstein Company’s “Sing Street” is currently pulling Irish heartstrings at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, after being a huge hit at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Fans can watch a special screening at SXSW on Monday, March 14, and see the film in the UK this Friday, March 18, 2016 and in the US on April 15. Oscar winning Writer and Director John Carney for “Once” (2007) releases another hit in “Sing Street” making this movie a “must see”.
After watching this music drama, it’s easy to see why “Sing Street” is getting so much buzz. The film stars Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”), Maria Doyle Kennedy (“Orphan Black”) and Lucy Boynton (“Sense and Sensibility”), and the story will make you cheer, cry, dance and flashback to the 1980s music scene.
In this film, Cosmo (14-year-old teenage boy played by Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) forms a band to impress the girl (Raphina, played by Lucy Boynton). It’s fun to hear their high school dreams of getting the girl and moving to London, listen to 80s hits, and watch Cosmo’s big brother spin vinyl to teach him about rock and roll.
When we met the star Ferdia Walsh-Peelo at their 2016 Sundance Film Festival Premiere Party, he kept saying, “It’s all about the girl”. In comparison, our first thoughts were, “It’s all about the hair” and “It’s all about making great music…to get the girl.” And of course, there are the evil teachers and complex parents that make for great comedy in this drama.
The different hairstyles will remind you of David Bowie. Cosmo changes his haircut and color every ten minutes, making this character very relatable to what every teenager goes through trying to find their way.
You will also love how the band’s pop rock music evolves. The teens set their focus on being like “Duran Duran,” and honestly, they sound great! Cosmo writes the lyrics, while Eamon (Mark McKenna) composes the music to make videos with “the girl”. The video production scenes will remind you of the era where MTV ruled. To make the soundtrack stand out, John Carney teamed up with Bono and U2. The film features favorite songs by The Cure, A-ha, Duran Duran, The Clash, Hall & Oates and The Jam.
The Weinstein Company purchased the movie’s US rights from WME Global for an estimated $3 million at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
What you will also love is the film’s ending. We won’t blow it here, but the feelings will inspire you to dream big, once again. Don’t hesitate to go see “Sing Street”, and celebrate 1980s music and films from the Irish!
© @LizHKelly @LizHKelly, National Digital Entertainment Columnist 2016