By David F. Rooney
The Revelstoke Multicultural Society kicked off its 2016 / 2017 season of Movies in the Mountains on Wednesday, September 28, with a terrific Irish film — Sing Street.
This delightful film from John Carney (Once, Begin Again) is set in Dublin in 1985 and follows 14-year-old Conor as he deals with being the new kid in an inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher blot while trying to blot out the deteriorating situation at home. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious and uber-cool Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised — calling himself ‘Cosmo’ and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the ’80s, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their hearts into writing lyrics and shooting videos.
Combining Carney’s trademark warmth and humor with a punk rock edge, and featuring a memorable soundtrack with hits from The Cure, Duran Duran, The Police, and Genesis, Sing Street is a coming-of-age film that resonates with anyone who enjoys music and believes that the confidence of youth can overcome almost any form of adversity.
Certainly, the crowd of 65 people who attended the film enjoyed it.
Revelstoke Multicultural Society and the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre present Movies in the Mountains — the best multicultural films from the Toronto International Film Festival on the fourth Wednesday of every month.
You can find out more about Sing Street on the Irish Film Board website.
And, if you want to see more incredible films like this one, be sure to check out the Arts Council website.
The next film that is due to be shown here is Sonita, directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Magham, on Wednesday, October 26.
After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, Sonita — a young Afghan refugee in Iran – channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppression.
Click here to purchase tickets online. You can also purchase tickets at Art First on First Street and at the Visitor Centre on Victoria Road.