21 March 2013 1:02 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Welsh filmmaker Marc Evans' elegiac, semi-autobiographical high school musical "Hunky Dory," which played at SXSW last year after its UK release, is finally opening in NY and La theaters and on VOD March 22 via distrib Variance. The delightful comedy written by Laurence Coriat, set in the sweltering hot summer of 1976, stars a winning Minnie Driver as a drama teacher who mounts a glam rock version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest." Driver gets to display her skills as a singer (she has released two albums), along with an ensemble of young actors singing live on set--long before "Les Miserables"--led by the film's breakout, Aneurin Barnard ("Citadel"), who won the Olivier award as best actor in a musical for the West End "Spring Awakening." They all cover music from David Bowie to Elo, the Byrds, Beach Boys and Nick Drake in the service of a contemporary translation of Shakespeare's tale. The »

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