Nostalgic trips into musical history run a very high risk of rotting the audience’s teeth out. However, seeing John Carney’s name attached to Sing Street should be taken as a very, very good sign indeed. No one makes movies about how music is made with the energy, intimacy and authenticity of John Carney (Craig Brewer’s Hustle & Flow being a notable exception), and the Once director’s latest, a coming of age tale inspired by his own upbringing and set in 1980s Dublin, is playing playing Sundance 2016. As such, a U.S. trailer has been released, and you can watch it here.
Sing Street follows Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), a 14-year old boy in 1980s Dublin transferred to an inner city public school when his parents’ financial problems mean they can no longer afford to pay his private school tuition. When meets the beautiful and very cool Raphina (Lucy Boynton), he hastily invites her to star in his band’s music video in an attempt to woo her. The fact that he doesn’t actually have a band means he has to hastily form one with his friends, and so Conor immerses himself in the music of the era as he attempts to win the girl. As you can see from the trailer, the film is a deep dive into the pop music of the era, featuring songs by A-Ha, Duran Duran, Hall & Oates, The Cure, The Clash, Spandau Ballet, and The Jam, among others.
Along with Walsh-Peelo and Boynton, it stars Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aiden Gillen, Jack Reynor, and Kelly Thornton. Anthony Bregman, John Carney, and Martina Niland produced.