To celebrate the premiere of “Sing Street”, The Weinstein Company and Samsung hosted a private party at the Samsung Studio with stars Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Mark McKenna. The party was held at midnight, right after their world premiere at famous Eccles Theatre with 1200+ seats in Park City, Utah.
Celebrity guests included Armie Hammer (“The Birth of a Nation”), Writer/Director Jack Reynor (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”), Sissy Spacek (“Bloodline”), Riley Keough (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), DJ Alex Merrill, DJ Michelle Pesce, Stephen Ellis (“A Reasonable Request”), Vincenzo Carrano (“Spectre”), Weinstein COO David Glasser and Harvey Weinstein.
When we spoke to Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Mark McKenna at the party, they gave us all big Irish hugs, and explained that the movie “is all about getting the girl.” In this musical period drama, Cosmo (played by Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) forms a band to impress the girl of his dreams in this 1980s Dublin-set film.
“Game of Thrones” Aidan Gillen and “Orphan Black” Maria Doyle Kennedy co-star as Walsh-Peelo’s family in “Sing Street.”
The Weinstein Company purchased the movie’s US rights from WME Global for an estimated $3 million at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Director Writer John Carney also has a great track record at the Sundance Film Festival, and previously directed “Once.”
As the party came to a close, Ferdia and Mark gave the crowd a private concert. There were more cheers, clapping to the music and encores for this independent film.
When we spoke to Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (16) at the party, he was charming. We told him, mark tonight as the day that your life changed forever. Since this premiere party, it’s exciting to read that Ferdia has signed with WME (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment), who also reps the Director Writer John Carney.
Congratulations to everyone involved in making “Sing Street” a Sundance hit! We look forward to seeing where this film story all goes when the movie hits theaters April 22, 2016, and especially for Ferdia!
© @LizHKelly, National Digital Entertainment Columnist 2016