Once is a 2006 musical film set in Dublin that is centred around the relationship between a Grafton Street busker and a young Czech woman who is currently working as a flower seller but her real passion is music.

The two meet on Grafton Street as the unnamed woman admires the music of the Grafton Street musician played by Glen Hansard who himself was once a busker on Grafton Street. The film follows the intense musical and emotional relationship that develops between the two characters and gives a deep insight into the lives of these two people living in Dublin. Once, filmed entirely in Dublin is beautifully shot and shows off the beauty of the city with scenes filmed on Grafton Street and in St. Stephens Green.

Music is central to the film, the excellent musical performances from the two talented musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová are a large part of the film’s success. The song Falling Slowly, a duet with Glen and Markéta is one of the most beautiful scenes in the film and the song went on to win an Oscar.

Steven Spielberg is quoted as saying “a little movie called Once gave me enough inspiration to last the rest of the year”.

The widespread acclaim of the film’s music and narrative have resulted in Once becoming a stage musical on Broadway, the musical had it’s European premiere in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre which is just off Grafton Street. Once is now running on London’s West End where it is receiving great reviews.

The Grafton Street busker is now an international success!

Laura Finn

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