‘Once’ Film Launches Career of its Co-stars
My Nguyen May 2, 2012
When the 2006 indie-flick, Once, brought musical collaborators, Glen Hansard from the Irish folk rock group, The Frames, and Marketa Irglova, together, there was destined to be some movie magic. Their on-screen chemistry soon segued into some off-screen romance, and their roles had won Hansard and Irglova, who co-wrote and performed all the original tracks in Once, an Academy Award in 2007 for Best Original Song.
Following their Oscar success, Hansard and Irglova banded together as the indie-duo, The Swell Season, and went on the road for a national tour to promote their first album, Strict Joy. The tour was documented in their self-titled documentary, The Swell Season that provides an intimate look into Irglova and Hansard’s personal love story and aptly captures the pressure and the strain that post-Oscar fame had put on them. Though they are a couple no longer, their on-and-off screen magic has rubbed off on the film’s Broadway musical adaptation, which was recently nominated for 11 Tony Awards.
According to Entertainment-Focus.com, Glen Hansard will be releasing his first ever solo album, Rhythm and Repose, on Anti-Records June 18. Promotion for his new album will commence this summer throughout Europe.
The role Marketa Irglova landed in Once also provided the Czech songstress excellent fodder for material for her debut solo work, Anar.
Released last October, Rolling Stone Magazine says that Irglova is excited to start work with Hansard again with The Swell Season once he has completed his other projects.
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