Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is a kid 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.
Everybody at one point in their life has wanted to or had dreamed of being in a band and this film explores that in a really fun and inspiring way. Not only that but it explores friendship, love, family and growing up which made the film that much more able to identify with on a different level. The story is constructed perfectly and anyone that has ever dreamed of doing something creative or artistic will absolutely love the message that it gives you in the end. I loved the movie Once and a big part of that was because of the songs that were played in the film so naturally that’s what I was really looking forward to here and to be honest I wasn’t feeling it at first but by the time I got to the second half of the film I couldn’t stop humming along. Another thing that I was impressed with was the actual production of the film. A lot of times you’ll have a film that is set in a certain time period yet it doesn’t feel like it actually takes place there. In this case it’s the exact opposite and it feels so genuine to its setting. If you haven’t seen Sing Street by now then I totally urge you to go and check it out. 9/10
Making Sing Street – Writer/Director John Carney speaks about creating the film and taking from his own life experiences to build the story.
Writer/Director John Carney & Adam Levine Talk Sing Street – This feature takes a look at the way Carney was able to mix music and film as well as being able to recreate the 80’s so genuinely.
Cast Auditions – Carney talks a bit about the casting process and then we see the cast audition tapes.