During this year’s Sundance Film Festival, people asked me what the best film I saw was, and it was pretty much a tie—Manchester by the Sea and Sing Street. While Manchester is a better film, Sing Street was by far an easier recommendation. It has the fun plot of a teenager in 1980s Dublin forming a pop-rock band to impress a girl, and the songs are terrific.
The Weinstein Company has now released the first clip from the film, and it gives you the group’s first song, “Riddle of the Model”, which is their least sophisticated track and yet arguably their catchiest after “Ride It Like You Stole It” (giving you a title of a song out of context from the film isn’t a spoiler unless the track title is something like “Qui-Gon’s Noble End”). It also shows off the group’s music video and how director John Carney (Once) absolutely nailed how a group of teenagers would shoot and cut a music video. I can’t wait to see this movie again, and I’m eager for everyone who wasn’t at Sundance to get a look at it.
Check out the clip and new poster below, and click here for Steve’s interview with Jack Reynor (who plays the teenager’s older brother) about the film. Sing Street opens April 15th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Sing Street:
SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band…yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos. Inspired by writer/director John Carney’s (ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN) life and love for music, SING STREET shows us a world where music has the power to take us away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform us into something greater.