Irish Eye on Hollywood: Once More for John Carney

John Carney.
John Carney.

By Tom Deignan, Contributor
April / May 2016

Also in April, Irish director John Carney, tries “once” again to capture the magic of his hit movie Once, which won an Academy Award (for Best Original song) and has since become a successful Broadway musical. Carney’s newest film – which opened the Audi Dublin Film Festival back in February – is called Sing Street and is set in mid-1980s Dublin. Newcomer Ferdia Walsh-Peelo stars as a schoolboy named Conor who, after spending time in a rough school, finds an outlet by playing in a rock-n-roll band. Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor and Aiden Gillen are among the big-name Irish stars joining Carney’s otherwise young, up-and-coming cast.

“The audience reaction could scarcely have been more positive with a torrent of hysterical tweets emerging from the auditorium,” the Irish Times wrote of the Sign Street screening at the recent prestigious Sundance Film Festival. The film is slated to hit U.S. theaters on April 15.

Speaking of Maria Doyle Kennedy, she continues to appear as Siobhan Sadler in the BBC America hit Orphan Black, which begins its fourth season in April. Orphan Black is a high-concept clone thriller featuring Tatiana Masley in multiple roles. Kennedy is also slated to appear in The Conjuring 2, a horror sequel to the 2013 flick which featured Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson. ♦

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