Sing Street | DVD review – Young love, mad hair, infectiously catchy songs

In mid-1980s Dublin a lovestruck schoolboy forms a band in John Carney's sweet and exuberant homage to the era of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and The Cure.

Sing Street Ferdia Walsh-Peelo Lucy Boynton

Creator of 2007’s Oscar-winning underdog hit Once and 2013’s New York-set Begin Again, writer-director John Carney returns to Dublin for another heart-warming celebration of the joys and solace of making music: Sing Street.

In recession-hit 1985 Ireland, downwardly mobile 15-year-old schoolboy Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) forms a band with geeky multi-instrumentalist Eamon (Mark McKenna) and four other misfit pupils. Crucially, he also recruits the object of his desire, 16-year-old wannabe model Raphina (Lucy Boynton), to appear in their shoestring pop videos.

This sweet and exuberant teen movie is an absolute delight. The band’s songs are infectiously catchy and their week-by-week changes of style – depending on which band (Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, The Cure, The Jam) they have just seen on Top of the Pops – are hilarious, giving Carney and his collaborators to deliver fond pastiches of the era’s pop music. Conor and Raphina’s budding romance, beautifully played by Walsh-Peelo and Boynton, is utterly charming, too.


Certificate 12. Runtime 105 mins. Director John Carney

Sing Street is available on Digital Download and is released on Blu-ray & DVD on 8 August, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.


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