The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Members’ Cine Club – The Commitments

6th September 2013 at 20:00:00

The story of a soul band from Dublin


Barn Cine Club


The September film will be The Commitments.

The Commitments is a 1991 comedy-drama film adaptation of the novel, The Commitments, by Roddy Doyle. It tells of working class Dubliners who form a soul band. It was directed by Alan Parker from a screenplay adapted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and Doyle himself.

Jimmy Rabbitte aspires to manage the world’s greatest band, with only one music in mind: soul. Disgusted with bands in Ireland he assembles a soul band in the tradition of Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Wilson Pickett. Jimmy holds auditions at his parents’ house and assembles a group of young musicians. Unlike his idols, Jimmy’s band is all white. With the help of Joey ‘The Lips’ Fagan, the veteran musician in the band who has unlikely stories about meeting and working with famous musicians, Jimmy begins to whip the rest of the members into shape – only to have the group fall apart in a clash of egos.

This is a very funny, dramatic and ‘feel good’ film and will benefit from the cinema sound that we can produce at the Barn. We’ll be screening it at 8.00pm sharp – be there!

Running time: 118 minutes.


Admission is free to members of the Barn.


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