AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 11 – April 17: SING STREET

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sing_street_posterOpening April 15, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Sing Street, the uplifting new film from writer/director John Carney (Once, Begin Again).

Set in 1980s Dublin, it stars impressive newcomer Ferdi Walsh-Peelo as young teen Cosmo who, looking for a way out of his difficult family life and impress the girl of his dreams, starts a New Wave band with his mates; a venture which eventually sees him start a new life in London. Read on…

Carney is clearly enamoured with the music of the era, and his passion is infectious. A rousing soundtrack and enthusiastic performances from its young cast make this a rip-roaring, crowd-pleasing celebration of the strength of the teen spirit, and the power of music to forge connections and change lives.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Anne Brodie: Sing Street is an uplifting musical comedy about an Irish boy seeking rock and roll stardom 30 years ago. Young actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo is phenomenal. Not to be missed.

Pam Grady: Once filmmaker John Carney returns with Sing Street his brightest, most crowd-pleasing musical yet, an autobiographical story of a young 1980s teen (a delightful Ferdia Walsh-Peelo in an indelible screen debut) who forms a New Wave band with his mates in a bid to forget about his troubles and win a girl’s heart.

Nell Minow: Sing Street — from the Once writer/director, is filled with the liberating jubilation of making music.

Jennifer Merin: – A Irish lad’s charming coming of age story that’s all wrapped in music and a girl. Simply delightful!

Film Details:
Title: Sing Street
Directors: John Carney
Release Date: April 15, 2016
Running Time: 106 minutes
Language: English
Shooting Location(s): Dublin, Ireland
Principal Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Lucy Boynton
Screenwriter: John Carney
Production Companies: Cosmo Films, Distressed Films, FilmNation Entertainment, FilmWave, Likely Story, PalmStar Media
Distributor: The Weinstein Company

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Thelma Adams, Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Candice Frederick, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of April 11 – April 17, 2016

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.