BOYCHOIR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francois Girard Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Garrett Wareing, Kathy Bates, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Josh Lucas, Debra Winger, Joe West. Mr Hoffman's opus? This feelgood coming of age drama about the battle of wills between a troubled young boy and a music teacher is another variation on the familiar underdog story. It is more in the vein of Mr Holland's Opus than last year's Whiplash. It also has overtones of Dead Poet's Society about it as it explores some wonderful life lessons. Written by Ben Ripley, who is better known for his science Continue reading

BOYCHOIR – interview with Francois Girard

  by GREG KING "I like music better than words when it comes to communicating emotions and depicting emotional landscapes. Music is a very powerful language in the hands of any filmmaker," says Canadian filmmaker Francois Girard, who is best known for his 1998 drama The Red Violin. His latest film is Boychoir, a fabulous feel good drama about the battle of wills between a troubled young boy and a music teacher. Boychoir centres around Stet (newcomer Garrett Wareing), a troubled and angry 11 year old who is sent to the American Boychoir Academy, where the Continue reading