Out this week on Blu-Ray & DVD comes Begin Again, the latest film from Irish writer/director John Carney. Starring Keira Knightly, Mark Ruffalo and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine in his first acting role, the film is set in New York City where Dan Mulligan (Ruffalo), a struggling record company executive, suddenly finds himself out of a job.
In a chance encounter at an East Village bar he meets Gretta James, a singer-songwriter who has just discovered that her rock star boyfriend Dave Kohl (Levine) has been cheating on her with one of his producers. After seeing her performance, Dan recognises her talent and pitches her to his old record label, but its co-founder Saul isn't convinced and turns her down.
Undeterred, Dan persuades Gretta to record an album that the label will be willing to publish, hiring musicians and roping in Gretta's best friend Steve (James Corden) to record an album at various public locations in New York.
Saul is impressed with results, but the fiercely independent Gretta wants a bigger cut of the royalties and the pair fail to reach an agreement. Instead, Dan turns to rapper Troublegum (Cee-Lo Green), and with his help they decide to release the album themselves, using social media to promote the record.
Carney has experience with this kind of narrative, having directed the well-received Once, and with Judd Apatow co-producing there's a slickness to the film's smart comedy. The soundtrack is provided courtesy of Gregg Alexander, the former New Radicals frontman turned songwriter, who provides Gretta's original material.
You'll be able to get your hands on the film from Monday November 10th.