Hunky Dory 2013 NR CC

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Relive the summer of 1976 in this glam-infused British musical from the producer of "Billy Elliott", starring Minnie Driver and featuring songs by David Bowie, The Beach Boys and more.

Starring:
Minnie Driver, Kristian Gwilliam
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

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Hunky Dory

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Music
Director Marc Evans
Starring Minnie Driver, Kristian Gwilliam
Supporting actors Aneurin Barnard, Tom Rhys Harries, Adam Byard, Danielle Branch, Kimberley Nixon, Kayleigh Bennett, Darren Evans, Robert Pugh, Jodi Davis, Kyle Lewis, James Morgan, David Garner, Aled Pugh, Owen Teale, Sam Pulsford, Janice Watts, Rhys Rusbatch, Lauren Bennet
Studio Gravitas
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

The movie was too jumbled.
Greg Ward
The odd hip-ness of the 70s, the music, the social clashes and colorful sets are rich stuff.
K. Davison
Good cast and great music choices made this a very enjoyable movie!
Sandra Bidewell

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Intro Spective on July 5, 2013
Format: DVD
Loved, loved this JEWEL of a film. The kids were all so real, the musical numbers, inspiring. The problems and growing pains the kids are facing are universal, so I don't know of any group or demographic that would not be able to relate to this slice of high school life piece from an albeit more innocent time. This Aneurin Barnard kid blew me away. His voice is sublime. I bought the soundtrack too, and his rendition of The Who's Love Reign O'er Me is chilling; although it was left out of the film, it's the best track and those vocals are in another stratosphere. Minnie was her usual adorable, sassy self. Evocative cinematography, you really feel you are in the midst of a heatwave ca. Summer of 1976. I just loved the kids singing The Man Who Sold the World too (Bowie). OUTSTANDING.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 27, 2012
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This brilliant film from Wales is set in the long hot summer of 1976, when we had it like the Mediterranean every day for months (except in Ireland where it pelted down and I had to go for a `holiday'). We meet Vivienne May (Minnie Driver) who has returned from a failed career in London to become a teacher at a not so progressive South Wales school. She is one of those teachers who feel you should get more from education than just a tick box mentality to passing exams. And as such she wants to encourage the kids to `express' themselves.

In order to help in this process, she intends to put on the school musical, and she chooses Shakespeare's `The Tempest', but with up to date and `with it' music such as Bowie, Roxy, Music and ELO. I was intrigued straight away especially with a very school like version of `Life on Mars' with a xylophone and jars filled with differing amounts of water - brilliant. Well her efforts are received with mild disfavour to outright hostility. The rugby coach says acting is effeminate and won't let his `boys' take part, the splendid Hayden Gwynn as Mrs Valentine, is a sublime cow in her efforts to undermine Vivienne, who seems to let herself down through being caught at being pally with the kids, smoking, drinking, swearing and getting stoned.

The kids themselves are all played brilliantly especially the lad who plays the only gay in the village/ school. Then there is Davy who has a crush for Miss and more mixed hormones than most of his age, but he can fair belt out a tune. The arrangements and treatments of the songs are all at the high end of excellent especially a fairly obscure Roxy number. They are also rubbish at turning up for dress rehearsal and more akin to bunking off down the Lido than learning their lines.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Davison on March 25, 2013
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This film has Minnie Driver at her best, a charismatic maverick producing a new twist on Shakespeare as a school play. The odd hip-ness of the 70s, the music, the social clashes and colorful sets are rich stuff. Adolescent tantrums and romances occur onstage and off; and are not limited to the adolescents. What a delightful surprise!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Liza180 on July 20, 2013
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Minnie Driver and Aneurin Barnard are mesmerizing in this movie. I haven't been so pulled in by a movie, especially a musical, in ages. The soundtrack is fantastic with Bowie, Drake, ELO, Beach Boys, etc. I loved the innocence of the story and the talent. I see big things for Mr. Barnard in the future. His voice was just wonderful. If you are looking for a simple, enjoyable little indie musical, this is the one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thursday Next on May 28, 2013
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I'm guessing this film isn't for older Americans since, from the other reviews, they couldn't understand Welsh accents or a modern musical format. I thought Aneurin Barnard was wonderful (what a voice!) and I loved the way 70's rock was incorporated into The Tempest. If you didn't like "Billy Elliot," perhaps you won't like this either.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Niamh on August 21, 2013
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I remember the summer of '76 as the long hot summer that just would not quit, I grew up in London and like these children was suffering through the heat in school uniforms just trying to get by. I was a couple of years younger than them but could relate to some of the stuff they were going through even though theirs was much more dramatised than my life. The film was great and I loved Minnie Driver and Aneurin Barnards standout performances. I had no trouble with the accents of course, and was disappointed to see people mark down the film because they had trouble understanding them, Welsh accents are really pretty and not hard to understand if you listen to them for a bit as are other regional British accents, standard english can be so boring and a good dialect can broaden viewing pleasure so much, try it? Overall a sweet film about a time past well captured, even if they did get a few of the styles wrong, I forgive them for the Adam ant faux pas as Aneurin Barnard looked "well fit" in it, as we say where I hail from!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tuzi on February 17, 2014
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I must have watched this movie at least ten times already. I love it! It is just one of those films that you never get tired of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barron J. Barton on June 30, 2013
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Minnie Driver excels as the hip high school drama teacher trying to instill values to her working class students. The musical numbers are a delight. I really enjoyed this British import. From the folks that gave us Billy Elliot, if you liked that movie you will probably like this one.
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