Time to prick up your ears and get ready to rock with The New Music – a foot-stomping Irish musical-drama with a big heart and a punk ethos – that has been making waves at festivals, winning the ‘Spirit of IndieCork’ Award for 2019. This heartwarming feature is now set for its full Irish and UK release on digital streaming services from 18 January 2021 courtesy of 101 Films
When talented classical pianist Adrian (Cilléin McEvoy) is diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, his world falls apart. Afraid of the health implications and failing his family, Adrian runs away from home – destination Dublin. Finding a room in a shared apartment he meets Will (Jack Fenton), David (Patrick O’Brien) and Jodie (Martina Babisova) aka ‘The Cellmates’ – a rebellious punk band who practise what they preach. As a bond forms with his new-found friends, the band’s rock‘n’roll lifestyle and raucous music provide a lively distraction from his troubles.
The Cellmates are anything but uptight – will Adrian struggle to adjust, or could he find freedom in their chaos?
Directed by Chiara Viale (Clown, Be Frank, The Plait) in her feature debut; Chiara was inspired to write the story following her father’s death after having suffered from Multiple System Atrophy – a rare degenerative neurological disorder with symptoms similar to Parkinson’s. The film is supported by Young Parkinson’s Ireland and aims to dispel the stigma and shine a light on this rare condition.
The eclectic soundtrack includes two original songs by Zac Stephenson of Irish band Munky and woven throughout the film’s rock and punk vibes are the classical compositions by Mancunian David Sangster – acclaimed musician and World Parkinson’s Congress Ambassador.
The New Music is now streaming on Amazon Prime – Apple TV – Sky Store and Chilli
“A Film Make with Warmth and Sincerity” “Its feel good mood is hard to resist” – The Guardian ( ⭐⭐⭐)
“The film focuses on the transcendent power of music – in this case punk – to bring people together. Also, the film is a kind of love poem to contemporary Dublin and its colorful energies. That the film is directed by a woman, one who has made her home in Ireland is a lovely bonus. The New Music is a joy and heralds an exciting new talent in Chiara Viale. It’s a great example of what can be done with energy and imagination, overcoming restrictions of budget and resources.”
Mick Hannigan, Co-Director, IndieCork Film Festival
“Brave work…a little independent film with a big heart” CineEuropa