“If music be the food of love play on”, said Shakespeare’s Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, trying to listen to so much he’d go off his crush Olivia. He should have put together a selection of favourite, meaningful lute bangers for her and paid the band to stand beneath her window playing them in a set order.
Did you know that before CDs (ask your mum) a song that got stuck in your brain and refused to budge was called a tape worm? I’m kidding. But who doesn’t love a mix tape?
Music can transport you back to somewhere you remember (Oasis at Maine Road) or even somewhere you’ve never been (listening to The Boys of Summer on repeat yesterday afternoon, dreaming of California road trips I’ve never actually taken).
In Press Play, it can literally take you back in time. Scroll down to watch the trailer and check out some images from the film.
Here’s the synopsis:
Laura (Clara Rugaard) and Harrison (Lewis Pullman) have the picture-perfect romance built on the foundation of a shared love of music. After a deadly accident, Laura is given the chance to save the love of her life when she discovers that their mixtape can transport her back in time. Featuring a moving soundtrack with songs by Japanese Breakfast, Father John Misty, Dayglow and more, Press Play reminds you that love can always be replayed.
Check out the trailer below — though if you’re a Brit over 40 you’ll just to have to imagine the bits where you accidentally got the DJ chattering over the start of the song when you recorded it off the Top 40 on a Sunday night:
Press Play stars Lewis Pullman (yes! Funny, nerdy Bob from Top Gun: Maverick) and Clara Rugaard. Co-starring with them are Lyrica Okano, Christina Chang, Matt Walsh and Danny Glover. It’s directed by Greg Björkman from a screenplay he co-wrote with James Batchelor.
The film is out in the US on 24 June 2022: on digital, on demand and in cinemas.
All photos courtesy of The Avenue.