Hockey musical taking centre stage at film fest

Score: A Hockey Musical has two things in common with Grease — it’s a musical and it stars Olivia Newton-John.

Score: A Hockey Musical has two things in common with Grease — it’s a musical and it stars Olivia Newton-John.

This very Canadian movie will kick off this year’s Atlantic Film Festival Sept. 16 to 25 in Halifax.

“There couldn’t be a more exciting and lively way to begin our 30th anniversary than with this true celebration of film, music and hockey — three things that make Canada’s heart race,” said Lia Rinaldo, festival director, in a release.

Score is about 17-year-old Farley (played by Noah Reid), who shows promise on the ice but is sheltered by his culture-loving parents (Newton-John plays his mother).

Cape Breton’s Allie MacDonald plays Farley’s best friend Eve. There are also cameos from Nelly Furtado, George Stroumboulopoulos, Walter Gretzky and Theo Fleury.

The music in the movie includes songs by the Barenaked Ladies, Amy Sky, Marc Jordan, Hawksley Workman and Newton-John.

After a screening of the film, guests will walk up to Citadel Hill for the Opening Night Party.

Score is also opening the Toronto International Film Festival this fall and will hit theatres Oct. 22.

 
 
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