For music’s betterment (mostly), punk’s late 1970s arrival led most everybody to believe that they could form a band. It’s the mid ’80s and this ethos, the new music video craze and a mysterious girl inspire young Conor to find an escape from his unstable home life. Yes, he forms a group with a bunch of mates. Naming it ‘Sing Street’ (horrid name!), a play on their school, Synge Street, they set about finding style – musically and visually. Needing a model for videos is a perfect excuse to approach Conor’s muse, and a close friendship gradually blooms. From the musically-inspired writer/director who brought us Once and Begin Again, Sing Street takes the vibe of The Commitments and meshes it with 1980s classic Gregory’s Girl. Some of the tunes are naff, but this exuberant movie certainly isn’t.