Sing Street script
Sing Street (2016)
Synopsis: This film takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents' relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band's music videos. There's only one problem: he's not part of a band...yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he's promised - calling himself "Cosmo" and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos.


We track back with him across the street as he approaches

Darren, who can’t believe what he’s seen.


We need to form a band...

Freeze Frame. A loud, energetic punk song crashes in on the


SONG and titles run over:


A montage of news stories, rock videos, magazine covers,

headlines. It's the early eighties, and it's Ireland. Midway

through the worst recession since the 1950s.


Across the Irish sea, in London, news reports see Thatcher

waving to the crowds. City boys talk into early mobile

telephones, getting into sports cars. Armani suits, and gold

cuff links.


But back in Ireland: bombs in the North, petrol queues in the

South. Deserted building sites, bricked-up buildings. More

black and white, than London’s Technicolor.


We start to PULL OUT from an old TV set. The 9 o’clock news

is on. The volume turned down low.



We find ourselves in a large kitchen. High ceilings and

rattling sash windows, in what 100 years ago was a fine

Georgian home. Now, things are a little faded. The room is

cold and unwelcoming. Very little on the shelves. A family on

a budget.

Sitting around the kitchen table are: Conor (no black eyes

yet), and his parents, PENNY and ROBERT, both in their mid

forties. They’ve just finished a meal of Spag Boll. Though

it’s more Spag than Boll. Penny fills up her glass of cheap

supermarket wine. Robert picks his teeth with a toothpick.

He is drinking a whiskey and smoking. Penny checks her watch.

They are sitting in silence, as if waiting for something to

happen. Conor is wearing a woolly hat, and his coat, indoors.

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John Carney

John Carney (born 1972) is an Irish film and TV writer/director who specialises in low-budget indie films. He is best known for his award-winning 2007 movie Once. He is also a co-creator of the Irish TV drama series Bachelors Walk. more…

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