It is 1976 and the UK is in the midst of a summer heatwave. Viv May is the drama teacher at a Swansea comprehensive and has the idea to stage a production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, instead of the usual, dreary Oliver Twist.
But Viv adds a twist to the play: she turns it into a musical, featuring current hits from David Bowie and The Beach Boys. This garners a mixed reaction from the school: her colleagues aren't impressed and the students are indifferent. Viv is determined, nevertheless, to make it a success.
The students starring in the play too face hostility from their peers when word spreads about their involvement in the play. Rehearsals aren't exactly a success for Viv, with several of the cast members walking out on a regular basis.
For one awful moment, it seems that the musical won't go ahead, after the school hall is mysteriously burned down. Can Viv complete rehearsals and make it to opening night, or is the musical doomed?
Hunky Dory stars Minnie Driver and a soundtrack full of the chart hits from 1976. The title comes from the 1971 album of the same name by David Bowie; the film is directed by Marc Evans (House of America; Trauma).
Starring: Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard, Danielle Branch, Steve Speirs, George MacKay, Kimberley Nixon and Haydn Gwynne.
Directed by: Marc Evans
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