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Hunky Dory 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars (67) IMDb 6.1/10

MINNIE DRIVER is sensational as fiery high school drama teacher Viv. Determined to fire up her hormonal, apathetic teenage students, she sets about staging a rock musical based on Shakespeare's The Tempest. Battling all the teenage distractions of love, lust and the local lido, Viv has a challenge on her hands. As the entire show looks likely to fall apart, adversity pulls them together p...

Starring:
Minnie Driver, Kristian Gwilliam
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1 hour, 45 minutes

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Genres Drama, Musicals, Dance & Theatre, Music, Comedy
Director Marc Evans
Starring Minnie Driver, Kristian Gwilliam
Supporting actors Aneurin Barnard, Tom Rhys Harries, Adam Byard, Danielle Branch, Kimberley Nixon, Kayleigh Bennett, Darren Evans, Dafydd Llyr-Thomas, Robert Pugh, Jodi Davis, Ryan Hacker, Lewis Coster, Sam Shervill, Aled Pugh, Kyle Lewis, James Morgan, David Garner, Owen Teale
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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This brilliant film from Wales is set in the long hot summer of 1976, when we had it like the Mediterranean every day for months (except in Ireland where it pelted down and I had to go for a `holiday'). We meet Vivienne May (Minnie Driver) who has returned from a failed career in London to become a teacher at a not so progressive South Wales school. She is one of those teachers who feel you should get more from education than just a tick box mentality to passing exams. And as such she wants to encourage the kids to `express' themselves.

In order to help in this process, she intends to put on the school musical, and she chooses Shakespeare's `The Tempest', but with up to date and `with it' music such as Bowie, Roxy, Music and ELO. I was intrigued straight away especially with a very school like version of `Life on Mars' with a xylophone and jars filled with differing amounts of water - brilliant. Well her efforts are received with mild disfavour to outright hostility. The rugby coach says acting is effeminate and won't let his `boys' take part, the splendid Hayden Gwynn as Mrs Valentine, is a sublime cow in her efforts to undermine Vivienne, who seems to let herself down through being caught at being pally with the kids, smoking, drinking, swearing and getting stoned.

The kids themselves are all played brilliantly especially the lad who plays the only gay in the village/ school. Then there is Davy who has a crush for Miss and more mixed hormones than most of his age, but he can fair belt out a tune. The arrangements and treatments of the songs are all at the high end of excellent especially a fairly obscure Roxy number. They are also rubbish at turning up for dress rehearsal and more akin to bunking off down the Lido than learning their lines.
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This film is a bit like a Welsh version of Glee or maybe even Grease, but a bit cooler, a bit less polished & a bit more, well, British. It's 1976 & drama teacher Viv is staging a modern version of The Tempest complete with a soundtrack of the time. Think Bowie, ELO, 10cc, which is sung by the cast, who aren't professional singers but all give it a good go. The 1970s styling is great & gives the film a great nostalgic feel. I felt the "what they did next" scene at the end was a brilliant touch & made me connect with the characters a bit more. It made them feel like real classmates & gave the characters a bit more depth.
It's a feel-good film & I really enjoyed watching it. If only the drama lessons at my school had been half this fun.
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Well, I really bought it just to see Aneurin Barnard, but it IS an enjoyable film. The songs are really well done, and the acting performances are good, and the storyline is okay, and very believable. It's not as dramatic as " Glee " but it's set in Wales, and seems to me to be a good reflection of the time it represents. Aneurin Barnard is SO good as always - he is a GREAT talent, and worth the price of this dvd alone, several times over !.
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This is worth watching just for Minnie Driver's performance. She is fantastic as a Welsh school teacher trying to get her class interested in Shakespeare by using modern pop music of the seventies. The film is based on a school in the Welsh valleys in the mid-1970's. It has many sub-plots and each story works well together to build the bigger picture.

The music is remarkable - i.e. it isn't the original singers but the class singing and they sound fantastic.

I may be biased as this is around the date I left school I I loved the cool music from ELO, David Bowie et al.

This isn;t Grange Hill or Waterloo Road, though it is more in the Waterloo Road mode. Its engaging and a great story.
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Great music, fabulous performances from the kids. Minni drive was great and for me one of her much better roles. The music was fabulous and some of the arrangements were just wonderful. The teenagers were great and the whole thing was understated. Real feel good film but none the worse for that
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I LOVED this film! Perhaps because it reminded me of my youth and THAT long hot summer! I think I would have enjoyed it anyway though. Minnie Driver is really good in this and Aneurin Barnard is excellent - along with a lot of other wonderful actors. The music is great as well. I have watched it again and again - enjoy!
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This movie was brilliant looking at the summer of 76 through the eyes of year 10/11 pupils. Its gritty, witty and captures the m.ood of the times.The music is excellent and the raw talent of the young stars is refreshing...mini driver is a good humanities tutor and captures the topic very well
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Glee meets Grange Hill? Doesn't sound too promising put like that.

But this is much more in the tradition of the social realist British 'New Wave' films of the sixties, and their working-class milieu, which spilled over into the TV series of the early seventies, and which consequently has much more in common with the era it depicts than the celebrity-fuelled, plastic production values of its American cousin.

The premise is that the new, liberal drama teacher will attempt to inject some contemporary relevance into presenting a version of The Tempest by incorporating the pupils' favourite pop songs into a musical version (it doesn't hurt that they have excellent musical taste - no Showaddywaddy here), against the resistance of her proto-Thatcherite colleagues.

All the cliches of the genre are here: the 'seize the day' school teacher trying to enliven a bunch of hormone-rich teen slackers, the sensitive misfit who thinks he's gay, the hard-nut with attitude who the teacher has to win over, the confused lead given the brush off by the school beauty who develops a crush on the teacher ...

So it shouldn't really work, but what elevates it above the sum of its parts is its authenticity - the sense of time and place is pretty spot on for those of us who came of age in that long, hot summer - and the calibre of the direction and performances from its young cast. Of course, Aneurin Barnard has gone on to play more celebrated roles, but the whole cast - particularly the 'bloody gorgeous' Stella (Danielle Branch), and the talented Tom Harries, along with Minnie Driver who completely convinces as the caring, nurturing drama teacher - impress.
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