Thu 18th Feb 2016
John Carney’s fantastic new film Sing Street is a beguiling portrait of 80’s Dublin, complete with the stone washed jeans, wild haircuts and a nostalgia filled soundtrack with hits from The Cure, Duran Duran, The Police, and Genesis.
When a middle class family are forced to downsize as part of the 1980’s recession, middle child Conor (played with verve by newcomer Ferdia Walsh Peelo) has to leave his comfortable middle-class private school and move into a tough inner city public school. A loner at school - his parents played by Aidan Gillen and Maria Doyle Kennedy are close to breaking up - his only friend is his music obsessed elder brother (Jack Reynor). However, when he spots a mysterious girl across the playground and, like many a smitten suitor before him, asks her to star in a music video for his band. The only problem is, he has yet to find his bandmates or his own musical style.
Sing Street is a wonderfully authentic and sweet natured tale of how music can save your life. John Carney has mined the memories from his own teenage years, captured the innocence and pain of first love and restored the reputation of the 80’s, made it cool and written some fantastic original songs which will stay in your head for ever. ‘Drive It Like You Stole It’ is a future classic.
Grainne Humphreys Festival Director