REVIEW: Begin Again


Jacqui James

WATCHING THE MOVIE Begin Again gives you some prospective on the journeys most singer/songwriters begin, playing in a small pub with little active listeners.

Begin Again starring Keira Knighley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine (Maroon 5) in his acting debut is a joy to watch. It’s another well-written and directed film by John Carney who gave us the beautiful 2006 Once.

Begin Again follows a friendship between Gretta (Knightley) and a recently unemployed producer Dan (Ruffalo) after their chance meeting in a pub. Being disillusioned by the acts getting signed to his ex-label, Dan is immediately drawn to Gretta’s pure and organic voice and begs her to record.

New York is another character in Begin Again; providing the perfect backdrop for promise and opportunity.

I give Begin Again four frangipanis out of five!

Jacqui James

I'm an Australian author and music journalist from Melbourne. I've had articles and poetry published in several magazines and newspapers since finishing my Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing in 2001. In 2010 Gigs 'n Interviews was born. I launched it with my first big named interview and that was Vanessa Amorosi and then in 2012 I felt unbelievably privileged to interview Ronan Keating. I'm extremely proud of what Gigs 'n Interviews has become as it's seen as a platform for emerging artists and entertainers to be heard.

Looking forward to writing more children's books, I hope to change the wrong perception of children and adults with disabilities as I was born with Severe Cerebral Palsy (like Christy Brown who wrote My Left Foot). People can view my books at

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