Band of last re­sort for be­sot­ted teen

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Sing Street; evolves from in­se­cure geek into an as­sured front­man and, in­deed, more man than boy as his feel­ings for Raphina — who we dis­cover has a com­pli­cated so­cial, fam­ily and re­la­tion­ship back­ground to con­tend with — take hold.

There are some laugh-out-loud, era-re­lated sight gags as the band trans­forms its look from Wham to Duran Duran de­pend­ing on what mu­sic is most in­flu­enc­ing them, and the scene where they are shoot­ing their video in a fairly run-down part of town, wear­ing make-up, is cute with­out be­ing overblown.

Of the more ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tors, Reynor is ex­cel­lent as Bren­dan, Conor’s older, seem­ingly wiser brother.

A stoner with a vast record col­lec­tion, he takes his brother un­der his wing to teach him what mu­sic he should be lis­ten­ing to, not least to im­press the op­po­site sex, but also be­cause he can see in Conor a hope of es­cape.

Sing Street is a pleas­ing, heart-warm­ing jour­ney with a tight screen­play and a strong sound­track. Car­ney’s end­ing is de­lib­er­ately fan­ci­ful and doesn’t quite come off, but the feel­good fac­tor through­out is enough to get the film over the line. EN­JOY A Q&A AND PRI­VATE TOUR OF THE MCA EX­HI­BI­TION WITH TIM DOU­GLAS & RACHEL KENT.

McKenna and Walsh-Peelo in their home stu­dio, left

Fer­dia Wal­shPeelo, cen­tre left, Lucy Boyn­ton and Mark McKenna with co-stars in

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