Hunky Dory

2013

Hunky Dory

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Relive the summer of 1976 in this heartwarming British musical from the producer of Billy Elliot. Minnie Driver plays Viv, a fiery high school drama teacher determined to fire up her hormonal, apathetic students by putting on the best end-of-the-year show the school has ever seen... a glam rock-infused musical version of Shakespeare's The Tempest. But as the Welsh summer begins to heat up, can she compete with the typical teenage distractions of sex and drugs with some great rock and roll? Find out in this fantastic, rousing film- but remove all fears of the typical teen-pop covered high school musicals from your minds, as the songs in this film are from legendary artists like David Bowie, The Beach Boys, ELO, and The Byrds. (c) Variance

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Critic Reviews for Hunky Dory

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  • Golden-hued, feel-good treacle, the sort that the U.K. has tried to export ever since Billy Elliot.

    March 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The golden-hued cinematography (a filming clich that really needs to be retired) and the sometimes slack direction by Marc Evans are minuses ...

    March 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • At various moments this endearing but sudsy movie, which spills all over the place, evokes "High School Musical," "Glee" and "Billy Elliot."

    March 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/5
  • Hunky Dory flits along blithely from number to transporting musical number until it ends - with a sigh - and dodges any authentic engagement with its own ideas.

    March 21, 2013 | Full Review…

    Joel Arnold

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  • Enthusiasm carries the day in this paint-by-numbers period tale, which is just charming enough to coast on its own clichs.

    March 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Director Marc Evans and screenwriter Laurence Coriat fumble both the musical side of their movie and the coming-of-age side.

    March 21, 2013 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

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Audience Reviews for Hunky Dory

  • Apr 27, 2014
    This British (or if you prefer Welsh) independent musical about the trials of an idealistic drama teacher as she tries to put on the end of year show, was like a book of clichés put together. That was done by the writer Laurence Coriat and directed by Welsh director Marc Evans and stars Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard, Kimberley Nixon and Robert Pugh. The setting of the story is in a Welsh comprehensive school during the long hot summer of 1976, and very keen drama teacher Vivienne (Minnie Driver) fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end of year rock and roll musical version of Shakespeare's The Tempest (that David Bowie would be proud of). She has high expectations and to engage her students, she uses hits of the time, performed by a fresh young cast led by Davey (Aneurin Barnard). It has a good message wrapped in a pleasant, feel good movie shiny wrapper (kept for a while) directed like a giant kids puzzle where you explain every piece in details, giving kids the hint where to put it. But, I have to admit I enjoyed it because all that was very smoothly done and with enthusiasm and chemistry which could not be faked! Enjoyable.
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2013
    Superb comedy-drama interspersed with some truly brilliant music and featuring a warm and affable performance from Minnie Driver as the EA teacher trying to direct a musical based on The Tempest. It's sort of like Glee with a degree or Pitch Perfect without the slapstick and one-liners but with added (realistic) swearing and a particularly believable exploration of sexuality. Another gem from chameleon-like director Marc Evans. Cynicism should ideally be left behind.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2012
    Minnie Driver does a credible job and a decent welsh acent here as a teacher getting together a school play in the south wales summer of 1976, the film coming of like Glee at times but with some drama through it all, all the young cast give good work, and the scenes of song add much emotion, the look alsio has a fantastic nostalgic 70s look to it all, a entertaining film with much goiing for ikt.
    scott g Super Reviewer

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