Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hunky Dory

Filming has just wrapped on Welsh  musical comedy feature film Hunky Dory. Open auditions were held back in September in Swansea.

The film stars Hollywood actress Minnie Driver, whose father orginally hails from Swansea.

Starring opposite Minnie are rising stars Aneurin Barnard (represented by Ken McReddie Associates), winner of the 2010 Olivier award for best actor in a musical for the West End musical Spring Awakening, and Kimberley Nixon (also Ken McReddie) who recently starred in Cherrybomb alongside Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan.

Hunky Dory  is set in Swansea in the summer of 1976 – the hottest summer the UK has ever seen. It is half-way between a musical and a drama and centres around the trials and tribulations of an idealistic drama teacher as she tries to put on the end of year show; a rock and roll, space age version of Shakespeare’s Tempest using the kids’ favourite pop songs to tell the story. A kind of grand “rock opera” in the tradition of “Tommy” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” which were all the rage at the time.

The film follows her single-handed attempt to put the show on and knock these teenagers into shape, a hard enough task made harder by the relentless sunshine and enticing beaches of Swansea.

The story is essentially a simple one about a school show, and the plot centres around a burnt down school hall, an ill judged affair and the everyday trials and tribulations of teenage life.

Minnie Driver told the London Evening Standard: "If it works, it's going to be so stunning, and so heartbreaking.

"All these little kids putting their fingers on jam jars, making whoo-whoo sounds for the Velvet Underground, it's absolutely magic."

Minnie, said her musical background, which has seen her release two solo albums, makes her ideal casting for the role.

The Gavin and Stacey fan added she believed she had a convincing Welsh accent.
"I have the most brilliant dialect coach who does all the Billy Elliots around the world," she said.

Hunky Dory is produced by Jon Finn (Billy Elliot) and directed by Marc Evans (Snow Cake, My Little Eye). The film is expected to be released in 2011.

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