Hunky Dory

Synopsis: In the heat of the summer of 1976, keen drama teacher Vivienne fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end of year music version of Shakespeare's The Tempest. To engage her students, she uses hits of the time, which will be performed by a fresh young cast led by rising star Aneurin Barnard.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Marc Evans
Production: Variance Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Right. So we're gonna tell stories.

Yeah? You all got a story.

Something from you, from your heart.


Who's gonna go first?

Anyone? No?

- All right, you go first, miss.

- Oh, God. I don't...

- Oh, go on, please.

- All right.

Once upon a time

there was a little girl,

and she lived with her mum and her dad

and brother in a small town in Wales,

and she always dreamed

of becoming a princess.

So when she grew up,

she ran away to the big city

and she went to the princess college.

There is such a place.

And she worked really, really hard,

and all her dreams came true.

And she kissed a lot of frogs.

And, anyway, she woke up one day, and

she realised that she wasn't very happy.

So she decided to go home, to teach.

- And what's the moral of the story?

- Be careful what you wish for?

Yes. Yeah.

Being a princess sucks.

Right, come on, who's got a story?

Davy, you've got a story.

OK, round two.

Let's start with artists that we love.

We're gonna make a list and then

we're gonna narrow it down. So... Go on.

- David Bowie.

- Bowie. What else?

- Pink Floyd.

- Floyd.

Led Zep. Sabbath. Deep Purple. Rush.

- ELO. ELP. Uh...

- Thank you, Hoople, that's enough.


- The Ramones.

- The Ramones.

- Iggy Pop.

- Iggy P. Vicki?

- 10cc.

- 10cc. Stella?

- Beach Boys.

- Yeah. Kenny?


I'm putting it down.

Even if we cross it off.

Right, in this hall,

the normal rules don't apply.

Everything out there doesn't count.

Forget about it.

In here, you show up on time

and you can do what you like.

You can explore what you like.

Ideas, emotion, that's the idea.

'Cause I wanna put on a show

that William Shakespeare

and David Bowie would be proud of.

And that you would be proud of,

most importantly.

Are you in? Yes?

- Yeah.

- Yes?

- Yeah. Yes.

- Yes? Kenny? Yes?

- Yes, miss.

- Good. Excellent.

It's a god-awful small affair

To the girl with the mousy hair

But her mummy is yelling, "No"

And her daddy has told her to go

But her friend is nowhere to be seen

Where are the others?

- Where is everyone?

- It's Friday.

- Well, Stella said she'd be here.

- Well, she's not, is she?

- Miss, I've gotta go to training.

- What?

- Rugby, miss. I got trials coming up.

- Oh, can't you wait a bit longer?

- No, miss, I promised.

- Right then, go. I need you on Monday.

What about me, miss?

It's Friday, I got a date.

- That's very funny.

- No, miss, it's not a joke.

Oh, come on, let's try it again.

Let's try it again.

Now, I want you to make it very

specific. And remember the quavers.

One, two, three, four.

One, two, three, four.

It's a god-awful small affair

To the girl with the mousy hair

But her mummy is yelling, "No"

And her daddy has told her to go

- Miss Mae?

- Mr Thornley.

- Rehearsing on a Friday? Very keen.

- Two weeks to go.

- Beg your pardon?

- Two weeks to go!

Oh, well. "Tempest fugit", I suppose.

Everything going all right,

is it, generally?

- Yes, hunky-dory, Headmaster. I...

- Very good. It's just that I've

had the odd complaint.

Well, a small delegation, actually.

Um, issues of discipline came up

and a concern about language.

Language? What...?

Excuse me.

- What fucking language?

- Hello?

- Oh, shit.

- Andy Dixon.

- Where are you going?

- Band practice, miss.

- For the gig, Monday.

- You're supposed to be

- at my rehearsals.

- I weren't in the bit you were doing,

miss, I don't think. Anyway, I gotta go,

the band are waiting for me.

Oh, right.

Well, where's everyone else?

Down the lido, miss.

It's Friday.

Keep the faith, miss.

"Down the lido, miss. It's Friday."

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Laurence Coriat

Laurence Coriat is a French screenwriter and short film director, best known for her work with Michael Winterbottom. more…

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