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Mixed Britannia sees George Alagiah taking a look at the remarkable and untold story of Britains different mixed-race communities. The series uses previously unseen material as it charts events from the turn of the 20th century and examines the social factors that have influenced the shape of todays mixed-race Britain.
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anonymous 16 May 2013
After viewing this film, and I have done so several times, I never stopbeing delighted by it. Many small things missed on first viewing, bring asmile to my lips over and over again. The humor, subtle and not so subtle isa pure delight. It is very well acted, and visually beautiful to look at.This is a small film that leaves you feeling wonderful.
zorro2a 15 May 2013
Unlike Larcher-2 who also has a comment on this film, l did see JosefLocke, l can remember my mother took me to see him when l was a youngboy and was drawn to his type of sining.It is well known that Mr Locke was a ladies man, but that did notdetract from his voice, and Ned Beatty does a remarkable job of playingJosef Locke, dubbed in Mr Lockes own voice.This is a great film, Adrian Dunbar plays his role as a seedy agentwell and David McCallum as the policeman always trying to get Mr Lockeis a gem...The "tooth" scene is a great laugh....Please watch this film, if youknow nothing of Mr Locke try to find out about him first then you willenjoy it better, and understand the title...I give this film 8 out of 10...
Michael Neumann 14 May 2013
The owner of a low rent English music hall finds himself in hot waterafter booking a legendary (but fraudulent) Irish tenor, prompting adesperate visit to the Emerald Isle in search of the genuine article,not an easy assignment since no one has seen the man in 25 years. Maybeit makes a difference that the film was made on the far side of theAtlantic Ocean, but it succeeds as a genuinely charming and disarmingromantic comedy without the expected formula plotting or trendy visualhype, and (perhaps not surprisingly) without the box office benefit ofbrand name stars. The climax is somewhat overwrought, but by thendirector Peter Chelsum is working from a surplus of good-naturedblarney and local brogue, with some gorgeous Irish scenery added almostas an afterthought. And where else can you expect to see a movie herodeclare his love to a girl while clutching a whippet?
sphinx-7 13 May 2013
The film is full of charm and amusement and I love the plot-line. Thecharacters are witty and warm and likeable. It's quirky and some times theplot is hard to follow, but again, the characters are so real and likeable,they draw you in. Then there's the music. I never knew I liked Irish tenors until I saw thismovie. The only truly confusing thing is that it is hard to tell when the movie isset. It seems almost timeless and yet there is a definite timeframereferred to in the film. Adrian Dunbar is a wonderful actor and carries the film along, although NedBeatty succeeds in stealing it half-way through! Tara Fitzgerald isunderutilized as the romantic cause of the hero's journey, but does wellwith what she's given. The actor who plays the hero's friend is also quitewonderful.
kumasan 12 May 2013
More than a bit of blarney brings a sham of a singer to do a gooddeedbringing a smile to any heart. Hear My Song as a tune, is sure to hauntmostlisteners for a long time, even if they can not remember anything pastthefirst line. Great rainy day fare, perfect when served with IrishBreakfastTea and just a drop or two of Irish Whiskey.John Patrick
paulcitr 11 May 2013
I saw this film at the Toronto International Film Festival andthought I'd died and gone to heaven. I screeched with laughter,and cried real tears. The audience reception was rapturous, one ofthe most responsive I've ever witnessed at the festival. DirectorPeter Chelsom was reduced to tears, and when Ned Beatty madea surprise appearance in his Joseph Locke fedora and cloak thecrowd went crazy. Since then, I make a point of watching thiswonderful film in the dark days of February, the dreariest part of aToronto winter. It never fails to restore my spirit. As a final note, I think Chelsom is a very talented director. Who canever forget the image of those Irish lady owners crammed ontoone couch? The film is filled with glorious visuals like this one. I'veliked every movie Chelsom has made since, but he seems to geta bum rap from the press. Nonetheless, he will always beremembered for giving us this treasure.
donofthedial 11 May 2013
Jolly fun as we get to see and hear Franc Sinatra, plus the potentialof seeing Bing Krosby "with a "K"" as a disgruntled Franc Sinatraconcert goer calls out from their seat.A...ummm....'crafty' young music promoter must keep his girlfriendhappy by finding the reclusive and out of country tenor Josef Locke whohad romanced her mother (voted "Miss Dairy Goodness of 1952") back inthe day and wishes to see him again.The promoter heads for Ireland to find Locke and convince him to dojust one more performance in England.Problem is Locke cant come back to England because of a huge tax debtand a very eager and waiting tax collector.Result = much fun and quite a bit of excitement.Fine performances by all.I saw this film once or twice about a decade ago, so please forgive andsmall diversions from the actual plot due to memory.
Edgar SoberÃ³n Torchia 10 May 2013
I don't think Peter Chelsom's appreciation will grow much today, withaudiences and critics more inclined to pyrotechnics, flamboyant stylesand cynic approach to mankind's troubles. Chelsom is a skilledfilmmaker, but for today's tastes his cinema seems too close to theaudience's soft hearts, and that is probably his less attractive trait.I like a few of his movies: "The Mighty", "Serendipity" as predictableas it is, and my favorites "Funny Bones" and "Hear My Song" which healso wrote. Both deal with a search and possess a frenetic and funnyapproach to human foibles, and in this case an enthusiastic leadingcharacter, as played by Adrian Dunbar who also co-wrote. He is anightclub administrator who keeps cheating on his patrons, bringingmediocre artists to perform. When he brings a fake tenor who humiliateshis future mother-in-law (Shirley-Ann Field, who had an affair with thereal tenor), he embarks on the almost impossible: finding the realsinger, who cannot step on Irish soil due to tax evasion. Ned Beattygives the performance of his life (and that's a lot to say) as thesinger, leading the story to a moving conclusion.
anonymous 28 April 2013
Attempts to find a somewhat quirk, offbeat rhythm but fails to establish atone as the script, camera work, acting and general direction veer offintoall different directions. Way too uneven. Simply put: this movie could-a,would-a and should-a, but wasn't.
aknk1 27 April 2013
Micky O'Neill, a sleazy Irish entertainment promoter has about run hiscourse offering pseudo-acts like Franc Cinatra. The Ryan family that ownsthe theater is about ready to throw him out when they ask who his nextperformer is "Bing Crosby spelled with a K"?, but Micky O'Neill comes upwith the name of Josef Locke and the Ryan's gasp as Josef Locke issupposedly out of the country, because of tax fraud or something. SoMickyis given a reprieve until it becomes known that the Josef Locke he hasbooked is a fraud, Since his girlfriend's mother once had a fling with Joand has been duped by the fake Jo, Micky has been outcast by the Ryanfamily, his girlfriend and especially his girlfriend's mother. He hops aride on a boat to Ireland where he meets up with his friend Fintan, aconcert promoter, and the two of them ride through the Irish countrysideinsearch of the real Josef Locke in an effort to convince him to return toEngland to perform. When they find him, the Irish comedy really begins,andalso the Irish singing. The tenor voice is spectacular and when Jo sings,women weep.......
larcher-2 27 April 2013
An awkward start, then a charming movie; part of the emerging genre of Irishfairy tales, complete with the mystical village of Tully More. One earlyscene has an entirely unnecessary bit of fairly explicit sex and briefnudity; this, like most of the first half-hour or so, flounders. The storyfinally hits its comic stride when the semi-hero goes off to Ireland tosearch for a reclusive tenor. The movie flattens out at the end, turningutterly sentimental and entirely predictable. Certainly worth watching, butbasically nice fluff.
anonymous 26 April 2013
The film has some great scenes and it is a fairly good movie but it probablyshould have been much better given the cast, the locations and the storyline. The director didn't pull it together. There were too many scenesthat should have been edited or even deleted to make the movie more compactand direct.
Jason Berkley 25 April 2013
This movie never got the attention or box office it deserved, but it's oneof my all-time favorites. Ned Beatty is wonderful as Joe Locke, the exiledIrish singer returned to the stage by impresario Adrian Dunbar. A littlemovie with heart, wit, and charm, definitely worth repeatviewings.
OB-Shane 24 April 2013
This is a stunning delightful story of one man's quest to do right by hisgirlfriend and his community. The Irish humour is great. The writing istight. The performances are both touching and funny. One to watch more thanonce.
alli_katz 22 April 2013
This movie was so much fun. Such imagination went into it. The film tellsits story really well. The way in which the imitation Joseph Locke isdiscovered in the first half of the film forced me to hit stop, and go tothe bathroom, because I laughed so hard I almost peed myself. All themajor characters are wonderful, and the minor characters are better. WhenBeatty finally does appear as the real Locke, his star quality takes theentire cast to an even higher level. I can't say more without taking someof the fun away from you. Also, old "Man From Uncle" co-star, DavidMcCallum, is marvelous in his small supporting role. Very amusing film withsurprising twists and turns and an incredible amount ofwhimsy.
RondoHatton 21 April 2013
Gee, good story. Great scenery. Excellent acting. Great music. TaraFitzgerald unclothed. Well, Tara's nude scene was less than germane tothe plot, though I think she's totally yummy. Ned Beatty actuallypulled the role of Jo Locke off quite well, not going over the toptrying to lay on the old Irish brogue bit too heavy. The Locke vocalswere sung by Vernon Midgely, & since I had never heard music like thatbefore, I was knocked out. The trad Irish "diddly-diddly" tunes in thesoundtrack are by Patrick Street, one of the best contemp Irish bandsyou can find. Adrian Dunbar, who co-wrote the screenplay with authorPeter Chelsom, was wonderful, as semi-crooked music hall manager MickeyO'Neill. Tara Fitzgerald portrayed Nancy Doyle, O'Neill's "fiancee", &brings the role off very well. James Nesbitt, who may be known from"Ballykissangel", plays O'Neill's best friend back in Ireland. ShirleyAnne Field, one of Britain's true beauties of the 60's, playsFitzgerald's mother, a flame left behind by Beatty's Jo Locke, when heleft England as a tax exile in the '50's. I just wish we could get aDirector's Cut here in the States, as the US theatrical & videoreleases list actors(Brian Flanagan as "Young Mickey", Constane Cowleyas "Nurse, and Marie Mullen as "Mickey's Mum") in the credits which forsome inexplicable reason were cut from the North American release. Thisscene has to do with why Mickey O'Neill can't tell someone he lovesthem(i.e. Tara Fitzgerald as Nancy). Rumour has it "Hear My Song" willbe re-released on DVD in the UK in July '09....but a US release isstill delayed so DVD makers can press more boxed sets of "Dog, TheBounty Hunter", anime, and Hannah Montana(whose "movie" was actuallydirected by Peter Chelsom, who directed and wrote "Hear My Song")Still, this is a wonderful movie,
Nick Suess 07 April 2013
I was charmed by more than the fact that I couldn't take my eyes off TaraFitzgerald. A lovely whimsical plot, painting a picture of Irish fantasy,fairies and all, over the true life background of a great singer. And abeautiful soundtrack featuring original Locke recordings reminds us of justhow moving a pure tenor voice can be. Who on earth needs techno andrap?None of the other correspondents has yet picked up on the fact that JosefLocke (born Joseph McLaughlin 1917, died 1999) was alongside John McCormackas one of the two great Irish tenors (one correspondent has even writtenthat he was a baritone -were you actually listening??) of the 20th century,and that he retired to rural life in Co Kildare in 1958 after the BritishInland Revenue began to pursue him for large but disputed amounts of tax.That much is established fact, but this story of his comeback performanceand the events surrounding it is indeed fantasy, with a happy feelgoodending. But what's so wrong with that? I like to be entertained, and unlikeyour more dismal correspondents I don't need to be intellectuallychallengedto thoroughly enjoy a movie. Nine out of ten, and I thought seriously aboutgiving it ten as a gesture of eternal devotion to the stunningly beautifulTara.
ianlouisiana 06 April 2013
When I listened to the wireless in the 1940s and 50s Mr Locke was aregular on the Light Programme,constantly appearing as a guest of suchluminaries as Henry Hall or Vic Oliver on their radio shows.He toppedthe bill at Variety Theatres all over the country for years thendisappeared off the radar - "Got some girl in trouble I'll bebound",was my father's comment which went a bit above my head at theage of 13.So clearly his reputation had reached even the leafy lanes ofSurrey by that time,if not the real reason for his vanishing.My motherwas inconsolable until she discovered Mario Lanza who was Italian andmuch more exciting. "Hear my song" tells of the search by a cut- priceimpresario for the elusive Irish tenor.Like "The Commitments" itpresents the Irish as they really are rather than how the Americanschoose to portray them - as refugees from a John Ford movie. Ned Beattyis splendid as the reluctant recluse, a man still capable of charmingthe birds out of the trees.He has the voice of an angel - so he does.Mypersonal favourite Miss Shirley Anne Field makes a very welcomeappearance,and the circle is closed by Mr Harold Behrens in a smallrole rounding off the connection to post - war BBC radio where he was aregular on "Ignorance is Bliss". Appearing unheralded on the horizonout of nowhere - as it were - "Hear my Song" is a beautifully craftedlittle film,a masterpiece in miniature and anyone whose love for moviesis more than skin deep will adore it.
anonymous 06 April 2013
A great film with a lot of little great, random touches. I've watched thisfilm many times, and always find it both funny and strange. Definitelyworthrenting.
hausrathman 05 April 2013
A shady liverpool concert promoter, Adrian Dunbar, goes to Ireland to findand bring back an elusive tenor, Ned Beatty, who is wanted by the law fortax evasion, in order to restore his reputation and win back his girl.Thisromantic comedy is so charming I am surprised anyone could dislike it.Director Peter Chelson does an wonderful job. He displays a real feel forthe characters, and the small details which give the film its sense ofauthenticity. The leading actors are excellent, particularly Ned Beatty,who gives the performance of his career, but they have to compete with ahost of colorful minor characters. Give it a look. You shant bedisappointed.