Another bright spot during this year’s Sundance Film Festival was John Carney’s third musical directorial Sing Street following Begin Again and his Oscar-winner Once. The film further heightened itself as a takeaway for festgoers after its actors Mark McKenna and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo turned in a three song set at the film’s Samsung Studio party Sunday night. One indie producer attending beamed to Deadline, “Good stuff!” This Weinstein Co. release follows Irish adolescents who start a band to impress a wannabe model. Sound a bit familiar? While Carney doesn’t shrug critics’ comments that Sing Street is reminiscent of Alan Parker’s 1991 title The Commitments, he told Deadline that the two are worlds apart. Specifically, the jumping off point for Sing Street is ’80s Duran Duran and Cure-like music versus Commitments’ R&B covers. In this clip, actors McKenna and Lucy Boynton provide us with more insight on the film, in which the actors were allowed to improvise on camera, a method Carney employed during Once. At the 2014 Cannes film festival, TWC shelled out an estimated $3M for U.S. rights to Sing Street. The film will likely debut at some point during the late spring.
Deadline’s Sundance production team includes Leica Camera USA, Rotolight, Ben Turok and Sydney Cahoon as camera operators, John Kreidler as DP and Sal Castellanos and Carson Culver as editors.