Turn your 'Good Friday' into a 'Great Friday' with some of the best music role models out there in movies.
If you are looking for some music-themed inspiration for this Easter weekend, then look no further - we have you covered.
June Carter in 'Walk the Line'
In 2006 we were graced with Joaquin Phoenix's best movie role to date. Johnny Cash, had he been alive to see it, no doubt would have praised Phoenix's portrayal of the iconic country singer like the rest of the world has. 'Walk the Line' focuses on Cash's troubled past, particularly on the years of his substance abuse in the 1950s and '60s, and the breakdown of his first marriage. Of course, Johnny Cash would not have risen to where he was were it not for his second wife June Carter. June was Johnny's rock, always by his side throughout the ups and downs of their marriage.
William Miller in 'Almost Famous'
Even though the movie actually bombed in the cinemas, it became a cult favourite and also a must-see. The band-on-tour movie was semi-autobiographical in nature, as director Cameron Crowe was actually a writer for Rolling Stone magazine back in the day. Crowe places William Miller into the fray instead of using his own name and puts him on the road with groupie Kate Hudson and the band Stillwater. It's an inspirational movie for all budding music journalists out there, making you wish you were half as ballsy as Miller when you were a teen.
Deloris in 'Sister Act'
"Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of no food, I will fear no hunger." Is there anything better than this '90s classic? In case you've never seen it (please write to us, detailing your excuses), Whoopi Goldberg plays nun-on-the-run Doloris/Sister Mary Clarence, who is forced to adapt to a life of no sin in a San Franciscan convent, a stark contrast to her life of lounge-singing and dating gang members. Doloris could have just sat in the convent and been miserable but instead turned the disastrous choir into an unstoppable force of soul. Nothing like making the best out of a bad situation.
Jimmy Rabbitte in 'The Commitments'
We should all try to aim as high as Jimmy Rabbitte. Wanting to manage an Irish soul group might have proved a niche and impossible thought, but it was his top priority - and he only went and did it. Based on Roddy Doyle's novel of the same name, we see the rise and fall of The Commitments as they go through their various stages of band life - uplifts, rifts, and shifts - with Rabbitte stuck in the middle trying to juggle it all. What he always dreamed of doing was difficult, to say the least, and he (mostly) kept his cool.
Conor Lawlor in 'Sing Street'
Not only is 'Sing Street' a fantastic example of how to do an Irish coming-of-age movie to perfection, it also contains a rocking soundtrack. And that's all down to lead singer Conor, who is full of confidence and doesn't give a f*ck. He's a teenager who dreams big, is confident when talking to girls, and allows music to be his power source. Any budding young musicians out there could easily take a leaf or two out of Conor's book - but maybe not his ability to stir the pot.
Ally in 'A Star is Born'
There's no denying it, the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019 were all about 'A Star is Born'. And rightly so, with top-class performances from Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Ally is a world-class singer, but she's stuck singing in a drag bar because she believes she doesn't have "the look" to really make it. She's thrust into the limelight, and finally becomes what she was meant to be. The old tale of being and becoming your own worst enemy and dealing with your demons was the case for both Ally and Jack.
B-Rabbit in '8 Mile'
Eminem's character Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. is the classic cinematic example of never giving up. Stuck in a world that seems to be going nowhere fast, B-Rabbit begins to see the light of day after meeting Brittany Murphy's Alex. When it all comes crashing down, his only solace is his love for rap music - and spitting sick lyrics. An incredible film all about carving your own journey and standing up for yourself.
Dewey Finn in 'School of Rock'
We might be biased in saying this but Dewey Finn is hands down the best character on our list. Admittedly extremely narcissistic at first, Dewey (going by his housemate's name Ned Schneebly) infiltrates a fancy private school in order to make some cash. Roping the students into a scheme that only seems to benefit him at first doesn't do him any favours but Dewey turns these once beige little monsters into something much more than their school or parents have been allowing them to achieve. He offers them a chance to embrace their inner rockers, allows them to finally let their divas out, and it makes for an incredible movie with a killer soundtrack for both old and young.