Saturday 25 October 2014

U2 take walk down 'Sing Street' with 'Once' director

Published 08/02/2014 | 02:30

Bono and The Edge: up for an Oscar for ‘Ordinary Love’
Bono and The Edge: up for an Oscar for ‘Ordinary Love’
Irish director John Carney
Irish director John Carney

U2's Bono and The Edge are teaming up with 'Once' director John Carney on new feature film 'Sing Street'.

Carney's semi-autobiographical movie is already drawing comparisons with Giuseppe Tornatore's 1988 classic 'Cinema Paradiso'.

Bono and The Edge will write several original songs for the film and will be involved in 'other aspects' of its production.

Set in the 1980s, the film will tell the story of 14-year-old Cosmo, who is intent on breaking free from his dysfunctional home life.

Cosmo forms a band, sings some songs and after growing increasingly tired with his family, heads to the bright lights of London with his girlfriend in tow.

"John Carney has carved out a genre of his own – beautiful, soulful movies packed with longing, love, and music. 'Sing Street' is his 'Cinema Paradiso'," said 'Sing Street' producer Anthony Bregman.

Carney and U2 should be a winning combination; the Irish rock stars are up for an Oscar for 'Ordinary Love' from 'Mandela: Long Walk to freedom'.

His 2006 film 'Once', starring Glen Hansard, was shot on a shoestring budget of €114,000; it went on to pick up an Oscar in 2007, gross over €15m worldwide and is now a massively successful Broadway musical with 11 Tony nominations.

Carney's last film, 'Can a Song Save Your Life?' was a hit at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Irish Independent

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