Hunky Dory was a long time coming as it struggled for funding, with open castings held for 16 to 20 year old singers in London, Manchester and Swansea back in 2009.
Filming wrapped in September 2010 and the film is finally getting its UK release in cinemas on March 2nd.
The film stars Hollywood actress Minnie Driver, whose father originally hails from Swansea, alongside an ensemble of young British talent including Aneurin Barnard (represented by Ken McReddie Associates), winner of the 2010 Olivier award for best actor in a musical for the West End musical Spring Awakening, newcomer Danielle Branch (represented by Regan Rimmer), with Fresh Meat star Kimberley Nixon (also Ken McReddie), and George Mackay (soon to be seen in upcoming feature Private Peaceful).
Hunky Dory is an engaging British twist on the heartache and heartbreak of putting on a show. In the sweltering summer of 1976 in Swansea, drama teacher Vivienne (Minnie Driver) struggles to inspire her pupils to give their all to a musical production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Shy David (Aneurin Barnard) has been cast as Ferdinand but is distracted by his infatuation with Stella (Danielle Branch) who plays Miranda. The headmaster has stepped in to play Prospero and everyone is predicting disaster. Can she snatch victory from the jaws of defeat? A bittersweet, charming film with a soundtrack courtesy of Bowie, Nick Drake and ELO.