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From the producers of “Billy Elliot” comes another delightful musical exploring the lives of a bunch of school children in pre-Thatcher South Wales who appear to have had their dreams snatched from them. The film features songs from David Bowie, Lou Reed, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Dusty Springfield and Electric Light Orchestra. The always wonderful Minnie Driver stars as the free-spirited drama teacher who leads her class to put on an end- of- year production of “The Tempest” that proudly highlights both William Shakespeare and Bowie. To engage her students, she assigns them the music they listen to all the time. Directed with great verve by Marc Evans, the award-winning director of “House of America” and “Snow Cake.” Music is presented by a fresh young cast led by Aneurin Barnard (winner Laurence Olivier Award for “Spring Awakening”).
“Engagingly written, this is a hugely enjoyable coming-of-age drama.” The London View
(UK, 110 minutes, 2011)
On Stage Interview with Minnie Driver at 9:30PM
We first fell in love with her as a plump Irish lass (she gained 25 pounds for the role) in “Circle of Friends,” who learns a lesson about friendship. She went on to attract audiences as the ex-girlfriend of a paid assassin in “Grosse Pointe Blank,” a Harvard student who takes a brilliant janitor under her wing in “Good Will Hunting,” for which Driver won an Oscar nomination and a formidable former wife in “Barney’s Version.” She was charmingly duplicitous in the TV series “The Riches.” In Hollywood’s sea of long straight blond hair, she kept her natural dark curls–just one way Minnie Driver stands out.
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