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Hunky Dory

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Hunky Dory
Hunky Dory
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Time Out Says

3 out of 5 stars
From Welsh director Marc Evans (‘My Little Eye’) and writer Laurence Coriat comes a school ensemble piece in which coming-of-age meets let’s-put-on-a-show. The setting is Swansea in the summer of ’76 and our heroine is free-spirited drama teacher Vivienne (Minnie Driver), who plans to see her class off with a ‘Tommy’-style rock opera based on ‘The Tempest’, using the hits of the day. Their production looks like a psychedelic belter – with impressive musical numbers and fashion-forward stylings – but the film is a mixed bag. There’s little to surprise and there are too many characters and strands to get invested in any of them (though Kenny Loder’s Caliban stands out). But Driver delivers a characteristic combination of savvy and likeability and the period and sun-dappled photography are nicely handled. There’s a good sense, too, of the frustrations of school for young adults facing a brave new world.
Written by Ben Walters

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 2 March 2012
  • Duration:110 mins

Cast and Crew

  • Director:Marc Evans
  • Cast:
    • Minnie Driver
    • Aneurin Barnard
    • Danielle Branch
    • Robert Pugh
    • Haydn Gwynne
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