Irish Film: The Weinstein Company acquires US distribution for John Carney’s Sing Street

The good news for Irish film from Cannes just keeps coming, with news that The Weinstein Company has acquired the US distribution rights to Once director John Carney’s Sing Street.

The deal, which is worth $3 million, was finalised Saturday sees TWC continue its collaboration with Carney. TWC had previously bought the US rights to Carney’s next releaseBegin Again for $7m, after a strong showing at the Toronto Film Festival last year.

The film is a musical and is set in 1980’s Dublin. It sees a young boy, who having experienced a tough time at home, strikes out on his own and forms a band.

Sing Street is produced by Martina Niland (Milo) of Cosmo Films, Anthony Bregman (The Circle) of Likely Story, and John Carney of Distressed Films. Co-production partners are FilmWave’s Paul Trijbits (Alone in Berlin) and Christian Grass. The film was funded by the IFB and Merced Media Partners.

Filming for Sing Street will take place this summer in Dublin, with auditions having already taken place in Temple Bar over the weekend. Carney’s next feature Begin Again is out in on June 27th and in Ireland on July 11th.