Wednesday 20 September 2017

Jay-Z emailed Irish director John Carney to say he loved his new movie Sing Street

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish film Sing Street can count Jay-Z and Sting among its famous fans.

The young stars of John Carney's new film have revealed that Jay-Z emailed the director to say he loved the film.

Lucy Boynton (22) and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo star in the movie which charts a young teenager's escape from strained family life by starting a band in the Dublin of the 1980s.

The film proved a massive success on the festival circuit as Ferdia explains, "We had a great time at Sundance.  The film went down a bomb."

He adds, "John got an email from Jay-Z to say he loved the movie.  [At the premiere] Sting was sitting next to me and apparently he loved the movie."

Speaking to Independent.ie Carney reveals that while the film is the most literally autobiographical, his previous film Once was more so.

"In a sense it's the most literally autobiographical story that I've told but in another sense it was the easiest story to tell probably just because the years have gone past so I didn't struggle," he says.

"Certainly the school side of things, to me, even though it was the worst time it waqs the best time of my life, it's that Dickens kind of line.

"It really was the cast that sort of everything was going against you when you were 12 or 13 in Ireland in the 80s and yet you edit out the s*** parts.

"Maybe that's just youth and optimism.  You've got your Walkman on listening to The Cure or The Jam and you're in a flying machine you're so happy. So for me it was a joy to write the school stuff.  There was nothing I was getting off my chest."

Speaking about Once, he says, "In a way Once was more autobiographical in terms of the sort of ennui I felt, the slightly melancholic sort of feeling - should I tay in Ireland, should I leave, what am I doing with my life, is my film-making going to make sense?

"That was more what I was doing with the Once story in a sense.  But [Sing Street] was a blast to make and to remember and to write."

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