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IFC Films’ Sundance comedy “Band Aid” hits theaters on Friday, a much-anticipated debut for one of the most original movies about music in years. Written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones, who also plays one of the lead roles, “Band Aid” tells the story of a dysfunctional married couple whose shared love of music leads to an unconventional form of couple’s therapy when they form a band with their neighbor (Fred Armisen). The film is Lister-Jones’ feature directing debut.
Because music documentaries and biopics about famous musicians often hog up all the attention, original movies that incorporate music can sometimes slip through the cracks. These films often feature fictional bands playing original music or popular music. (The 2007 film “Once” beat the odds by gaining mainstream exposure, thanks in part to an »
- Graham Winfrey
The star of The Journey reveals how his own involvement with Sinn Féin helped him understand the late Ira commander turned peacemaker
As a Dubliner who has lived in Los Angeles for three decades, Colm Meaney says he always keeps an eye out for Irish scripts – but he confesses to a slight feeling of dread when one lands on his doormat. Cliched characters, simplistic politics, shonky dialogue – he’s seen them all. The 63-year-old has been lucky with some – particularly the trilogy of Roddy Doyle adaptions that began with 1991’s The Commitments and won him a Golden Globe nomination for The Snapper two years later – and less blessed with others that have come his way. “Oh yes. Mentioning no names but … oh yeah.”
- Esther Addley
The Commitments theatre review: The chance to see ‘The worlds hardest working band’ a Dublin soul band.
The Commitments theatre review, Katey Thompson at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking.
Photo Credit Johan Persson
Adapted from the Roddy Doyle book of the same name and following in the footsteps of the famous film, this musical attempts to recreate the same combination of musical passion and real-life pressure.
A band is born in mid-80s North Dublin, a place that needs a soul revival in the face of synth inspired pop. The band founder Jimmy (Andrew Linnie) attempts to bring together the musicians he can find to audition, along with friends of friends to make the dream come alive. Band tensions from the start threaten to undermine his ambitious project, but driven by a desire to be the ‘savior of soul’ he pushes forward, while desperately trying to hold it all together. »
- Katey Thompson
Volker Schlöndorff’s scalding film of The Tin Drum shared the Palme d’Or with Apocalypse Now in 1979. The director turns 78 next month and is no longer at the peak of his powers. But Return to Montauk proves that he still has it in him to startle and wrongfoot an audience.
What appears to be a clunky, tasteful, middle-aged rehash of Before Sunset, with two former lovers reunited after one of them writes a novel about their affair, turns out at the eleventh hour to have a sting in its tail. Schlöndorff and the novelist Cólm Toibín wrote the screenplay, which is adapted in part from the memoir Montauk by the late Swiss playwright and novelist Max Frisch, to whom the picture is dedicated. »
- Ryan Gilbey
Brendon Connelly Jan 27, 2017
I’m a huge fan of Garth Jennings’ work, from his milk-carton music videos to funny monkey TV ads, and into his feature films, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and Son Of Rambow. It’s been a long time coming but, after five years of work, Jennings’ third feature, Sing, is about to get its UK cinema release. When we caught up to chat last week, we talked about those five long years of hard work, about the projects that didn’t come together beforehand, and just a little of the plans that Jennings has for now. Here’s how our conversation went.
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Two years ago the acclaimed director of Bugsy Malone swapped his camera for canvas
From Bugsy Malone to Mississippi Burning to The Commitments, Sir Alan Parker has a hugely impressive back catalogue of cinema successes. But almost two years ago, at the age of 70, he decided to call time on a career that touched the heights.
He had written “a contemporary anarchic piece – a sort of Glaswegian Commitments,” he says, “only with darker humour. A friend of mine said he’d finance the whole thing. When it came to the nitty gritty, however … I had a bust-up with him over releasing a piddling amount of money for the art department to do a location recce. It was the final straw for me.
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- Dalya Alberge
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