Tuesday 22 July 2014

Singing in the street as hundreds audition for film role

Emma Jane Hade

Published 19/05/2014|02:30

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Elliott Nolan (14), from Newbridge, Co Kildare, performs as he waits to audition for the film ‘Sing Street’ in Dublin’s Temple Bar. Photo: El Keegan

HUNDREDS of hopeful young thespians lined the cobbled streets of Temple Bar at the weekend, all vying for a role in Irish director John Carney's latest movie.

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The acclaimed director's upcoming semi-autobiographical project 'Sing Street' received a massive boost at the weekend as it was announced that American movie giants The Weinstein Company had signed a multi-million euro deal to distribute the upcoming production in the US.

Teens from around the country patiently queued to audition for a part in the production, which tells the tale of a talented young Dublin teen who absconds to London with his girlfriend, escaping from his dysfunctional family.

Silence descended upon the scores that were queuing outside as Kildare native Elliott Nolan (14) sang and played the guitar.

"I am very proud of him," his dad Peter said. "He's our only son, our pride and joy."

"He was always talented, he can play the drums and the guitar. He has won a few competitions in the Community Games," he added.


Also waiting in line were best friends Megan Power and Aisling Reardan, who had travelled from Co Wexford to audition for a role in the movie.

The pair are a triple threat, as both have experience in acting, singing and dancing.

But the duo insisted that despite the fact they were competing against each other, they "would be delighted" if either got a role.

Carney, a former Frames bassist, directed the hit movie 'Once'.

He has enlisted the help of U2 stars Bono and The Edge, who are set to pen some original songs for 'Sing Street'.

The open casting session yesterday was looking for teenagers to play the lead boy, girl and other supporting roles in the film, which will be set in the 1980s.

Irish Independent

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