This and the following years will be eventful for us folkies. Who wouldn’t be excited to have a bunch of singer-songwriter movies coming our way? The first one out, from director John Carney who gave us the award-winning movie Once, was well-received by viewers. Begin Again stars Keira Knightley as a musician left on her own in the big city who meets a disgraced record executive played by Mark Ruffalo. “From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.” (The Weinstein Company) Watch the trailer below.
In the next film we’ll see Anne Hathaway, but in a non-singing role. It features folk musician Johnny Flynn as a, well, folk musician. I am both curious and delighted because…Johnny Flynn, and I’ve never seen him act yet. The trailer for Song One below.
This last clip is not a trailer, yet it may well be a preview of the coming Hank Williams biography I Saw the Light. We all know Tom Hiddleston is a talented actor who can do pretty much eveything we want him to: sing, dance, do impersonations, read poetry. Then he showed up at Wheatland Music Festival and sing Move It On Over by Hank Williams. He’ll have to work on a lot of things for this role, like the accent, singing style, and mannerisms.
Otherwise, fans of Williams will butcher him. We hope his talent for impersonation won’t disappoint.