Hunky Dory (2011) Prime Video

November 13th, 2021
Author: Meredith Taylor

Dir: Marc Evans. Wri: Laurence Coriat | Cast. Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard, Hadyn Gynne, Danielle Branch, Robert Pugh | UK 2011 107mins

Marc Evans’ feelgood Brit flick is a heartfelt tribute to his Swansea schooldays and that long hot summer of ’76.  A heady time when Bowie ruled the airwaves, bovver boys roamed the streets and chest freezers were the ultimate ‘mod con’.

Minnie Driver shines as feisty drama teacher Vivienne who inspires her wayward six-formers in the sweltering heat by dreaming up a futuristic musical version of The Tempest set to songs from Bowie, ELO and The Turtles. From the largely teenage cast of newcomers with great voices, Aneurin Barnard (Ironclad) stands out in a sultry turn as hormonal hearthrob cum toyboy, Davey.  Bumbling Headmaster Robert Pugh adds weight to the production as Prospero.

There’s plenty of fun from sexy frolics by candlelight (weren’t the power cuts in ’73?) to high school high jinks in a warm and upbeat tale that captures the seventies vibe and has you wanting to sing along out loud. MT

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