Toronto Deals: Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films Pick Up Musical Drama ‘Hunky Dory’

Minnie Driver stars as a Welsh schoolteacher mounting a controversial production of "The Tempest"

Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films have picked up U.S. rights to the musical drama "Hunky Dory."

The film stars Minnie Driver ("Good Will Hunting") and is directed by Marc Evans ("Snow Cake").

Set in a Welsh seaside town in the 1970s, the film follows a high school drama teacher (Driver) as she runs up against apathetic students and hostile townsfolk while staging a controversial production of "The Tempest."  In particular, her decision to turn the Shakespeare play into a glam-rock musical puts her at odds with her conservative neighbors.

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The film will be released during the first quarter of 2013, Gravitas and Variance said. 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.