United Kingdom, 2012, 110 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Comedy, Coming of Age, Musical
MUST END Thursday, March 28th at the Sie FilmCenter
Digital presentation - The setting is Wales in the blistering summer of 1976—a time to explore one's needs and desires, especially if you're a high school student in summer school, or if you're the teacher of that summer school class. The young teacher Vivienne, played adeptly by Minnie Driver, has dreamed up the perfect way to let her young, apathetic charges explore life, love, and art: her production of "The Tempest" will be a rock musical, using contemporary pop songs. Rehearsals, she says, will be a safe place for them to do whatever they want. "Out there doesn't matter," she says. "Explore what you like." Since the cast is all high school students, their explorations are as tempestuous as Shakespeare's plot, which Vivienne spices up with an injection of popular songs from the likes of David Bowie and ELO. Both sweetly funny and emotionally satisfying, Hunky Dory is a charming, nostalgic mashup of Glee and American Graffiti.
DIRECTOR: Marc Evans
Screenwriter: Laurence Coriat
Principal Cast: Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard and Danielle Branch
US Distributor: Variance Films