Joanne Sykes (Cobie Smulders) is lead singer of once popular 90’s indie-rock band The Filthy Dukes. They’ve been on the road since 1996, slowly but surely managing to play 150-capped venues. We find the Dukes at their last ever gig, and as the band falls apart so does Joanne; her boyfriend leaves her, and there’s little left for her once the group disband.
She bumps into an old friend, Sara (Jessica Hynes) whilst drowning in her sorrows, and the night ends with Joanne drunkenly applying for university. University isn’t quite what Joanne expected – far less wild partying, and a lot more yoga and kale. Whilst there, she falls in love with the enrolment officer, Pete (Richard Elis). It’s far from smooth sailing, but will going back to university be the new start she needs; who knows, maybe she’ll re-discover her love for music.
Writer/Director: Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets / BIFA and SXSW-nominated), from Porthcawl in South Wales,
Cast: Lead actor Richard Elis trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff
Length: 95 mins
Date: 10th May 2019