Sing Street is a beautiful film and one on which on first inspection I probably wouldn’t have put on my watch list (I admit the PG rating initially put me off). It’s about a 14-year-old boy (Conor) growing up in Dublin during the 1980s. He escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes. It’s directed by John Carney who also directed Begin Again and Once. I loved the relationship between the main character and his older brother. What really struck me though was that despite the reported changes we hear and see about the way teens live today (technology, increased anxiety and depression etc.), we all go through the same things to some extent: insecurity; bullying; peer pressure; heartbreak feeling so real and eternal and all topped off by the overwhelming feeling that no adult understands you. Sing Street captures the optimism of youth perfectly. Nice one to watch with older kids. View trailer. Available on iTunes.