'Sing Street' Featurette: Director John Carney on the Music in His '80s Coming-of-Age Tale

"No woman can truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins."

Music is important to director John Carney. The Irish filmmaker is behind the music-centric movies Once and Begin Again, and his latest film Sing Street continues in his auditory-oriented filmmaking.

"Really what the film is about is that no matter what is happening to you, when you are a kid— the bullies after you, you hadn't done your homework, you didn't get the girl — you had your music and your headphones and you were okay," says the Carney in a featurette for his latest film.

Sing Street, a semi-autobiographical endeavor for Carney, is set in 1985 and follows the story of a Dublin teenager who forms a rock 'n' roll band to win the heart of an aspiring model.

"We wanted to write songs that felt like they had been written in the '80s. In a sense, I think the '80s are the last true decade that didn't sound like anything before," said the director. The film features original music performed by the movie's stars, including Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Mark McKenna. 

The film is a celebration of music and the intersection of the two, all taking place against the backdrop of the mid-1980s.

The featurette for the coming-of-age tale concludes with Jack Reynor, in character as the protagonists' older brother, dispensing wisdom, saying, "No woman can truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins." 

Sing Street hits theaters on April 15.

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