Sing Street

Sing Street

John Carney (2015)

101min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Sing Street is quite simply one of the nicest films you'll see in ages. It's written and directed by the impressive John Carney, who made the equally impressive Once. Like that 2007 Oscar winner, Sing Street is a film about emotions and music. This time, though, the setting isn't contemporary Dublin, but the city in 1985. And the leads aren't two adult buskers, but a lovestruck 15-year-old schoolboy and the slightly older girl he woos with his "futurist" pop band and the opportunity to appear in a music video. Carney draws terrific performances from his musically talented young cast, and adds welcome shades of darkness to the film's innate fantasy-tinged fluffiness via hints of church-school cruelty and sexual abuse, domestic unrest and teen ambitions to quit "dull" Dublin for the perceived bright lights of London. The songs, all written specially for the film, are pretty good, too. Cornily heart-warming, it's an absolute delight and a welcome relief from the shock and bore of the typical multiplex blockbuster.

Summary

A teenager in 1980s Dublin suffers a troubled life, having to contend with money troubles, his parents' strained marriage, his drop-out older brother and a tough new school. He forms a band hoping to find an escape route, and resorts to criminal measures to shoot music videos. Comedy drama, starring Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen and Maria Doyle Kennedy.

Cast & Crew

Conor, "Cosmo" Ferdia Walsh-Peelo
Raphina Lucy Boynton
Robert Aidan Gillen
Penny Maria Doyle Kennedy
Brendan Jack Reynor
Ann Kelly Thornton
Darren Ben Carolan
Eamon Mark McKenna
Ngig Percy Chamburuka
Larry Conor Hamilton
Director John Carney
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 May 2016
Drama Comedy