Pink Floyd’s choir kids provide film inspiration

Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall could provide the unlikely inspiration for Andy Harries latest film.

The producer behind The Damned United is looking to put together a film which is based on the true story of the children who were recruited to sing on the iconic record back in 1979.

Not to be confused with the Alan Parker’s 1982 classic musical film, Pink Floyd The Wall, Harries will focus on the unusual story of Islington Green School’s maverick music teacher, Alun Renshaw. Renshaw caused all sorts of controversy at the struggling north London comprehensive school back in the late Seventies, leading bizarre lessons whilst smoking in class and swearing at other teachers and students.

However, his somewhat unorthodox teaching methods came to an abrupt end when he was sacked for letting his pupils sing the “we don’t need no education” lyrics of the infamous Pink Floyd song.

First-time writer Steve Thompson will pen the script for Left Bank and BBC Films. Harries has reportedly described the project as “Dead Poets Society meets School of Rock“. However, one problem remains in that Harries is yet to secure the rights to the Floyd tune from songwriter Roger Walters – without which, presumably, the project could not go ahead.

We certainly hope this film makes it to production, we’ll keep you posted!

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