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Hunky Dory (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 22 March 2013 (USA)
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In the heat of the summer of 1976, drama teacher Vivienne fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end-of-term version of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Director:

Marc Evans

Writer:

Laurence Coriat (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Minnie Driver ... Vivienne Mae
Kristian Gwilliam Kristian Gwilliam ... Hoople
Aneurin Barnard ... Davey
Tom Rhys Harries ... Evan (as Tom Harries)
Adam Byard ... Lewis
Danielle Branch ... Stella
Kimberley Nixon ... Vicki
Kayleigh Bennett ... Dena
Darren Evans ... Kenny
Dafydd Llyr-Thomas Dafydd Llyr-Thomas ... Syd / Member, Cwmtawe Community School Choir
Robert Pugh ... Headmaster (as Bob Pugh)
Jodi Davis Jodi Davis ... Mandy (as Jodie Davis)
Ryan Hacker Ryan Hacker ... Daz
Lewis Coster Lewis Coster ... Davy's Friend
Sam Shervill Sam Shervill ... Davy's Friend
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Storyline

In the heat of the summer of 1976, keen drama teacher Vivienne fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end of year music version of Shakespeare's The Tempest. To engage her students, she uses hits of the time, which will be performed by a fresh young cast led by rising star Aneurin Barnard. Written by Websurfer

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Musical de Verão See more »

Filming Locations:

Wales, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,695, 29 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,041, 5 May 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Weather was very bad during the shoot, with rain and showers every day. Things were so bad that the producers started joking that every scene that was shot in sunshine would be in the final cut. See more »

Goofs

The song Livin' Thing (written by Jeff Lynne, performed by ELO), did not chart in the UK until 13 Nov 1976 and would not have been known during the Summer of 76. See more »

Quotes

Tim: Mine was shit by the way. Thanks for asking.
Vivienne Mae: Oh, sorry, love. How was your day?
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Crazy Credits

All The Car Booters of South Wales (you know who you are) See more »

Connections

References The Incredible Hulk (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Everybody's Been Burned
Written by David Crosby
Performed by Darren Evans and the Hunky Dory Orchestra
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Believable
28 October 2014 | by betty-623-412288See all my reviews

Set in the 70s in South Wales, this film/musical doesn't disappoint. Not only is there a spectacularly eerie arrangement of music but the characters stories are relatable. The problems these teenagers face range from Homosexuality to peer pressure to family tension. What makes it more interesting (though it's a simple idea) is that it's a musical about making a musical. This gives the excuse for the atmospheric soundtrack, sung by the cast themselves. Completely different to any other musical I have seen. The only thing I didn't like were the predictions of the characters lives at the end of the film. This seemed like a desperate attempt to make the film more believable when it already was quite so. Although, I am willing to overlook this as the film is such a good one.


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