A coming-of-age musical film from the producer of Billy Elliot, featuring songs from artists as diverse as David Bowie, Lou Reed, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Dusty Springfield and Electric Light Orchestra. It was written by Laurence Coriat and directed by Welsh-born director Marc Evans (House of America, Resurrection Man, My Little Eye) and starring Academy Award nominated actress Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting).
The film which premièred at the 55th BFI London Film Festival on 25 October 2011, featuring an unknown ensemble cast of young actors lead by shy Davey (Ironclad’s Aneurin Barnard) and “town bike” Stella (Danielle Branch), creating what looks to be a happy-go-lucky tale of young love, sun-drenched summers and Bowie’s musical genius.
Set in a Welsh comprehensive during the long hot summer of 1976, a keen drama teacher Vivienne (Driver) fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end of year ELO and Bowie-inspired musical version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. To engage her students, she uses hits of the time, performed by a fresh young cast led by Davey (Barnard).
- via Empire