Hear My Song


1h 53m 1991
Hear My Song

Brief Synopsis

Inspired by the life story of American-Irish singer Joseph Locke, whose disappearance in the 1950s led to his identity being assumed by an imposter until Locke resurfaced 20 years later.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Music
Release Date
1991
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX
Location
Western Ireland; Dublin, Ireland

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m

Synopsis

Inspired by the life story of American-Irish singer Joseph Locke, whose disappearance in the 1950s led to his identity being assumed by an imposter until Locke resurfaced 20 years later.

Crew

John Altman

Music

David Anderson

Dubbing Mixer

Hazel Archer

Props Buyer

Wendy Asher

Wardrobe Assistant

Julian Bolger

Assistant Director

Phil Bothomley

Dialogue Editor

Mark Boyle

Stunt Coordinator

David Brown

Associate Producer

Paula Bryden

Production Assistant

Denis Butler

Carpenter

Keith Butler

Production

Terry Cade

Stunts

Caspar Campbell

Assistant

Jim Cash

Props

John Paul Chapple

Executive Producer

Peter Chelsom

Screenplay

Peter Chelsom

From Story

David W Clark

Props

Tom Collins

Photography

June Connell

Props

Jud Cooper

Location Manager

Noel Cullen

Electrician

Jonothan Cumming

Production Assistant

Fiona Daly

Art Assistant

Mike Deegan

Construction

Toni Delany

Makeup Artist

Martin Dempsey

Driver

Peter Diamond

Stunt Coordinator

P.j. Dillon

Other

Cathy Donohoe

Production Assistant

Peter Dorney

Camera

John Downes

Post-Production Supervisor

Joe Doyle

Grip

Adrian Dunbar

Screenplay

Anne Dunne

Hairdresser

Arthur Dunne

Other

Carole Dunne

Hair Assistant

Cyril Eager

Animal Trainer

Tom Eager

Animal Trainer

Pat Egan

Driver

Steve Emerson

Stunts

Gemma Fallon

Production Manager

Jim Farrell

Best Boy

Simon Fields

Executive Producer

Frank Flood

Assistant Art Director

Maurice Foley

Special Effects

Dorothy Anne Ford

Stunts

Glenn Freemantle

Sound Editor

Jane Frisby

Casting

George Fullegar

Gaffer

Jim Furlong

Animal Wrangler

Martin Gaffney

Other

Sue Gibson

Director Of Photography

Donal Gilligan

Other

Caroline Hanania

Production Designer

Pat Harkins

Props

Mark E. Harris

Assistant Editor

John Hayward

Dubbing Mixer

Lindy Hemming

Costume Designer

Harry Hill

Props

Peter Holt

Foley Editor

Kevin Hudson

Props

Daryl Jordan

Assistant Editor

Austin Kelly

Wardrobe

Eamon Kelly

Other

Rene Knol

Props

Ailbhe Lemass

Makeup Assistant

Nicolas Lemessurier

Dubbing Mixer

Peter Lindsay

Sound Mixer

Jeanne Liscombe

Production Coordinator

Tom Lundy

Other

June Mcdonald

Script Supervisor

John Mcdonnell

Location Manager

Rhona Mcguirke

Wardrobe

Margaret Moggan

Accounting Assistant

Bernadette Moloney

Assistant Editor

Maggie Mooney

Other

Mervyn Moore

Boom Operator

Lisa Mulcahy

Assistant Director

Terry Mulligan

Electrician

Paul Myler

Production Accountant

Katharine Naylor

Art Director

Joe Nevin

Props

Keith O'kelly

Accounting Assistant

Shane O'neill

Other

Gerry O'sullivan

Driver

Alison Owen

Producer

Mary Owen

Animal Wrangler

Luke Quigley

Key Grip

Robert Quinn

Assistant Location Manager

Crispin Reece

Assistant Director

Bobby Richardson

Other

Bob Robinson

Sound Editor

Mick Rowland

Assistant Director

Michael Rudman

Assistant Sound Editor

Russ Russell

Executive Producer

Deborah Scott

Assistant Costume Designer

Annie Siggins

Assistant Art Director

John Thompson

Makeup

Fiona Traynor

Production Coordinator

Peter Versey

Camera Operator

Martin Walsh

Editor

Brian Wells

Props

Des Whelan

Camera

Lyn Whiteread

Other

Dave Wilders

Camera

Sally Woodward Gentle

Production Coordinator

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Music
Release Date
1991
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX
Location
Western Ireland; Dublin, Ireland

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m

Articles

Hear My Song (1991)


Josef Locke (1917-1999) was an Irish singer who found great success in the U.K. and Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s, until a conflict with British tax authorities forced him to return to his home country, laying low for several years until the legal and financial difficulties were worked out. In the late ‘60s, he resumed his career to almost as much popularity and acclaim as he had enjoyed during its peak.

Hear My Song is a fiction based on Locke’s story, told from the point of view of Micky O’Neill, a Liverpool nightclub manager. When a Locke impersonator that O’Neill presents as the real thing under the name “Mr. X” is revealed to be a fraud, he travels to Ireland to find the true Locke and bring him back to perform.

The BAFTA-nominated screenplay was written by actors Peter Chelsom, who also directed (his feature-length debut), and Adrian Dunbar, who plays O’Neill. The two took the modestly budgeted (£2 million) picture to Cannes where it was snapped up by Miramax, ensuring a wider audience in the U.S. As a result, the film made money, got positive reviews and garnered multiple awards and nominations, including a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe nod for American actor Ned Beatty as the real Locke. 

It also brought about yet another revival of Locke’s career after a lengthy semi-retirement. He released a compilation CD of his greatest hits under the movie’s title and sang “Goodbye,” the final song performed by his character (dubbed by Vernon Midgley) in the movie, for the Prince and Princess of Wales at the 1992 Royal Variety Show. It was his final concert appearance. 

Besides Dunbar and Beatty, the impressive cast includes Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones) as Micky’s girlfriend and Shirley Anne Field as her mother, a former lover of Locke’s who is perfectly placed to tell the genuine item from a copy. Coincidentally, Field once played a beauty contestant who becomes involved with a music hall singer also in trouble with the tax man in The Entertainer (1960), starring Laurence Olivier. Another coincidence arises from the cast, or so rumor has it. David McCallum, playing a police detective trying to track down Locke for unpaid taxes, is the son of a former first violinist for the London Philharmonic who performed at a Locke concert.

In addition to Beatty’s and other nominations, the film won Best Comedy Film from the British Comedy Awards and Most Promising Newcomer for Chelsom as writer-director from both the London Film Critics Circle and the Evening Standard British Film Awards. The Standard also awarded director of photography Sue Gibson for Best Technical Achievement. Gibson, who also shot Mrs. Dalloway (1997), Resident Evil (2002) and Alien vs. Predator (2004), was the first female member of the British Society of Cinematographers and its first female president. 

While continuing his acting career, Chelsom went on to direct such films as Town & Country (2001) with Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton and Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009).

Hear My Song was filmed on location in Ireland, Liverpool and London.

Hear My Song (1991)

Hear My Song (1991)

Josef Locke (1917-1999) was an Irish singer who found great success in the U.K. and Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s, until a conflict with British tax authorities forced him to return to his home country, laying low for several years until the legal and financial difficulties were worked out. In the late ‘60s, he resumed his career to almost as much popularity and acclaim as he had enjoyed during its peak.Hear My Song is a fiction based on Locke’s story, told from the point of view of Micky O’Neill, a Liverpool nightclub manager. When a Locke impersonator that O’Neill presents as the real thing under the name “Mr. X” is revealed to be a fraud, he travels to Ireland to find the true Locke and bring him back to perform.The BAFTA-nominated screenplay was written by actors Peter Chelsom, who also directed (his feature-length debut), and Adrian Dunbar, who plays O’Neill. The two took the modestly budgeted (£2 million) picture to Cannes where it was snapped up by Miramax, ensuring a wider audience in the U.S. As a result, the film made money, got positive reviews and garnered multiple awards and nominations, including a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe nod for American actor Ned Beatty as the real Locke. It also brought about yet another revival of Locke’s career after a lengthy semi-retirement. He released a compilation CD of his greatest hits under the movie’s title and sang “Goodbye,” the final song performed by his character (dubbed by Vernon Midgley) in the movie, for the Prince and Princess of Wales at the 1992 Royal Variety Show. It was his final concert appearance. Besides Dunbar and Beatty, the impressive cast includes Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones) as Micky’s girlfriend and Shirley Anne Field as her mother, a former lover of Locke’s who is perfectly placed to tell the genuine item from a copy. Coincidentally, Field once played a beauty contestant who becomes involved with a music hall singer also in trouble with the tax man in The Entertainer (1960), starring Laurence Olivier. Another coincidence arises from the cast, or so rumor has it. David McCallum, playing a police detective trying to track down Locke for unpaid taxes, is the son of a former first violinist for the London Philharmonic who performed at a Locke concert.In addition to Beatty’s and other nominations, the film won Best Comedy Film from the British Comedy Awards and Most Promising Newcomer for Chelsom as writer-director from both the London Film Critics Circle and the Evening Standard British Film Awards. The Standard also awarded director of photography Sue Gibson for Best Technical Achievement. Gibson, who also shot Mrs. Dalloway (1997), Resident Evil (2002) and Alien vs. Predator (2004), was the first female member of the British Society of Cinematographers and its first female president. While continuing his acting career, Chelsom went on to direct such films as Town & Country (2001) with Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton and Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009).Hear My Song was filmed on location in Ireland, Liverpool and London.

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Expanded Release in United States February 14, 1992

Expanded Release in United States February 21, 1992

Released in United States 1992

Released in United States January 17, 1992

Released in United States January 19, 1992

Released in United States January 1992

Released in United States March 3, 1992

Released in United States May 1991

Released in United States November 1991

Released in United States October 1991

Released in United States on Video August 6, 1992

Released in United States September 1991

Released in United States Winter December 27, 1991

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 9-20, 1991.

Shown at Dublin Film Festival February 26 - March 6, 1992.

Shown at London Film Festival November 6-21, 1991.

Shown at MIFED in Milan October 20-25, 1991.

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival January 8-15, 1992.

Shown at royal premiere in London March 3, 1992 to benefit AIDS research.

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 5-14, 1991.

Feature directorial debut for Peter Chelsom, who directed the short "Treacle" (Great Britain/89).

Began shooting September 24, 1990.

Completed shooting November 22, 1990.

Released in United States 1992 (Shown at Dublin Film Festival February 26 - March 6, 1992.)

Released in United States January 1992 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival January 8-15, 1992.)

Released in United States January 1992 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 16-26, 1992.)

Released in United States January 17, 1992 (San Francisco)

Expanded Release in United States February 14, 1992

Expanded Release in United States February 21, 1992

Released in United States March 3, 1992 (Shown at royal premiere in London March 3, 1992 to benefit AIDS research.)

Released in United States May 1991 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 9-20, 1991.)

Released in United States November 1991 (Shown at London Film Festival November 6-21, 1991.)

Released in United States on Video August 6, 1992

Released in United States January 19, 1992 (New York City)

Released in United States October 1991 (Shown at MIFED in Milan October 20-25, 1991.)

Released in United States September 1991 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 5-14, 1991.)

Released in United States Winter December 27, 1991