The Commitments: Youth, Music and Authenticity in 1990s Ireland


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    This book examines The Commitments (Parker, 1991) for the first time as a film, rather than an adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s bestselling novel, and as a significant cultural event in 1990s Ireland.

    A major hit in Ireland and around the world, the film depicts the short-lived attempts of an ensemble of young working-class Dubliners to achieve success as a soul covers band, playing the hits of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and others, on a mission to ‘bring soul back to Dublin’. Drawing upon interviews with key figures involved in the film and its music, including Roddy Doyle, Angeline Ball, and Bronagh Gallagher, as well as archival research of director Alan Parker’s papers, the book explores questions of authenticity associated with youth, music, class, and culture, and assesses the film’s legacy for the Irish film industry, Irish music scenes, and Irish youth. It also examines the film’s status as a truly transnational production.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
    Number of pages134
    ISBN (Electronic)9780367273125
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2021

    Publication series

    NameCinema and Youth Cultures


    • irish cinema
    • film music
    • comedy
    • soul music
    • popular culture
    • Roddy Doyle
    • Alan Parker
    • film industry
    • popular music
    • film
    • sound
    • screen performance


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