Hunky Dory, an indie drama featuring Minnie Driver, has music from David Bowie set within the context of a high school performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
The Marc Evans directed film is set in South Wales in 1976 and centers on Driver’scharacter, a teacher who updates the Bard’s text by setting it next to 70s and 60s music from Bowie (“The Man Who Sold the World,” “Life on Mars”) ELO (“Strange Magic”), Rush (“Passage to Bangkok”), the M.V.P.s(“Turning My Heartbeat Up”) and theTurtles (“Elenore”).
“Bowie’s people thought that having two Bowie songs was right. We wanted ‘Memories of a Free Festival’ to close the film,” Evans told Billboard after the Saturday screening. “We went with Minnie singing the Byrds song (“Goin’ Back,”). That’s a song that’s kind of epic and yet it’s very intimate.”