The first trailer has been released for upcoming Welsh musical drama, Hunky Dory, starring Minnie Driver.
Hunky Dory is the story of drama teacher Vivienne (Minnie Driver), who strives to engage her pupils in the theatre by staging a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest – featuring a soundtrack by the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel and ELO.
The film sees Aneurin Barnard, who recently starred alongside alongside Karen Gillan as David Bailey in the BBC Four production, We’ll Take Manhattan, take on the role of Davey, the star of the school’s production. He’s fallen head over heels for the female lead, Stella (played by Danielle Branch) but, judging by the trailer, she’s keen to keep the romance strictly on-stage. Robert Pugh, who we last saw playing Mr. Jordan in 2010’s West is West, also stars as the school’s headmaster who is cast in The Tempest‘s role of Prospero.
The film is set in Wales during the famously long and hot summer of 1976, so expect to spot some suitably retro styles showcased alongside the nostalgic musical numbers. Somewhat unfortunately, Hunky Dory is already earning comparisons to US musical comedy-drama series Glee – and with sub-plots tackling issues of racism, homophobia, family problems, heartbreak and ridicule for being involved in musical theatre, it’s not hard to see why. The various hurdles which threaten to cancel the school’s production mean that the film could also run the risk of falling into a ‘the show must go on!’ cliché, along with the distinct possibility that they’ll butcher a fair few classic rock songs along the way.
Even so, perhaps the magic touch of seasoned musician and Billy Elliot producer, Jon Finn, will give Hunky Dory slightly more credibility – as will the fact that Driver seems to have got the Welsh accent down to a tee (even if it does mean that she ends up throwing her head backwards rather a lot).
Plus it’s got to be better than Rock of Ages….right? Take a look at the trailer below and let us know what you think!
Hunky Dory hits UK cinemas on 2nd March 2012.