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(2016)

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Ferdia Walsh-Peelo's father and uncles attended the real Synge Street Christian Brothers School.
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Mark McKenna plays Eamon: a young talented Irish guy with a musician father. In real life Mark McKenna's father is a musician named Eamon.
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Conor's father says that he will get a legal separation, but cannot divorce his wife. This is true for the time the film is set in (1985). Divorce only became possible in Ireland in 1997.
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In the scene where Conor and Raphina have a conversation in the orphanage for the first time, heard in the background is a slow piano version of A-Ha's "Take on Me", the first song Conor sings to her.
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Two of the songs on the soundtrack, "Go Now" and "Don't Go Down", are written by Glen Hansard, the Dublin native artist who won an Oscar for his song "Falling Slowly", featured on "Once", another John Carney movie.
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When Conor first goes to Eamon's home at night to create a song with him, he has three LPs with him. Conor and Eamon play tracks from two of them ("Steppin' Out" by Joe Jackson, and "A Town Called Malice" by The Jam), but not from the third LP. That third LP, which can be partially seen on the room's floor: "Regatta De Blanc", by The Police.
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While there are similarities to The Commitments (1991) (including the casting of Maria Doyle Kennedy), director John Carney has explicitly stated in an interview with The Verge that no homage to that film was intended. He also debunked the notion that the use of rabbits in Sing Street is a reference to the character Jimmy Rabbitte in the earlier film. Rather, it was a characteristic of the real-life "Eamon" that he knew as a teenager.
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Although it was announced in 2014 that U2's Bono and The Edge were working with John Carney on this film, the collaboration did not come to fruition, except some back and forth in the development stage, due to scheduling conflicts.
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The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
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The film is shot on location in Dublin, Ireland.
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During Conor's discussion with Brother Baxter about his use of makeup, Baxter claims that, if Conor is Mozart, that would make Baxter Salieri. Antonio Salieri was an Italian-born composer, contemporary of Mozart, and generally thought to have been one of his biggest rivals and competitors, using his position in the court of the Holy Roman Emperor to secure prominent jobs and staging for his work, while blocking the development of Mozart's career.
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Aidan Gillen and Maria Doyle Kennedy play husband and wife in this movie. They previously played brother and sister in Queer as Folk (1999).
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With "Go Now", this is the second time Adam Levine performs a song for a John Carney movie. Previously they worked together in "Begin Again".
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The film takes place in 1985.
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Originally, the characters, Larry and Garry (the bass player and drummer) were going to be played by twins.
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Eamon supports two football teams: Shamrock Rovers from his hometown Dublin and Liverpool FC.
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The usual disclaimer about characters and events is modified like so: ""Whilst parts of the film may be inspired by real life events, the characters, organisations and events portrayed in the film are entirely fictitious. Any resemblance between them and any actual individuals, businesses or events is coincidental, not intended and should not be inferred."
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This is one of two films released in 2016 to use the track "Pop Musik" by M. The other is Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
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Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Conor Lawlor) and Aidan Gillen (Robert Lawlor) both later played Dave Allen in Dave Allen at Peace (2018).
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The fictionalised period version of the Synge St CBS (Christian Brothers School) was shot in the real, and still existing, Synge Street CBS school buildings, on Synge Street, in Dublin 6, in Ireland, hence the slightly odd disclaimer re the school itself, in the end credits.
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Raphina was born in 1969.
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Conor Lawlor was born in 1970.
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Jack Leach auditioned for one of the key roles in the film.
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Niall Hassett auditioned for one of the roles.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

John Carney on the ending: "Well, I don't see it just as a happy romantic ending. I think that's the tone of the piece, but I think it's more like... they're setting off together, that's true, but I wouldn't say that's some huge relationship that's going to last forever. They're kids. I sort of hope the scene at the end would look a little like a fantasy sequence. You're supposed to wonder where the reality ends and the pop video begins. But people are actually taking it very seriously, and people are presuming it's fully real, which is interesting. That wasn't the intention."
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The film contains several references to Back to the Future. In the Senior Prom scene, there is an identical shot to the film when a scoop of punch is poured into a glass.
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The end dedication "For brothers everywhere" is presumably intended to reference the brother siblings and/or brotherly love, but the brothers could also refer to Brothers, as in the name pre-fix for Christian Brothers religious order members. This alternate now gives a different meaning in light of the action of a certain Christian Brother.
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