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Hear My Song

I've just watched a movie morris1000 lent to me called Hear My Song. It made me very happy. Not just because it features the protagonist and his best mate driving around Ireland in a Morris Minor Traveller, and not even because the protagonist's girlfriend is played by the gorgeous Tara Fitzgerald, who we get to see rather a lot of in one scene. It is simply a really good film that I'm surprised I had never heard of before.

The plot revolves around a failing theatre promoter and his attempts to book Josef Locke, an Irish singer who was very popular here in the 1950s but was forced to flee back to Ireland after failing to pay his taxes. Locke really existed and some of the back-story is based on reality - my mum actually saw him perform under the pseudonym "Mr X" (but was it really him? :). It is funny, light-hearted, romantic, eccentric, and touching without straying into the territory of the formulaic Hollywood rom-com. Highly recommended.

Unfortunately, what it isn't is easily available on DVD in this country. Inexplicably it appears to have only been released in Germany. The disc has the English soundtrack on it but it defaults to the dubbed soundtrack and the menus are all in German. If you do manage to lay your mitts on an imported copy, the trick to getting it to play in English is to select "Sprachen Ton" then "Englische Fassung Stereo" then "Film Fortfahren." If you are unable to get hold of an imported DVD, I couldn't possibly advocate typing something like "Hear My Song" and "torrent" into Google.


Glad you liked it! It is a jolly little film, and bizarrely little-known. I'm really not sure why. Picturesque and entertaining, most certainly.

I'm impressed that your Mother heard 'Mr. X'. I have an idea that Mr. X was not in fact Josef Locke, but I haven't looked into it too closely. Kinda spoils the fun..
I've ordered a copy of my own and posted yours back to you, along with some rally flyers to give to any other Minor owners you come across.
What's strange, is that I heard about this film when it came out, I'm sure I saw it reviewed on the BBC and it was how I first heard about Josef Locke ... and so I'm really surprised that it's not available on DVD in the UK ... but double checking and you're right .... though an Australian release has just happened (R4) according to http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/781830 but the last time it was available on Australian DVD someone said it was a terrible transfer that looked like it had been taken from a VHS!
The German one is a very good widescreen transfer and I think it's region 2/PAL.