While I was staying at Marek’s place I was playing these shows and I’d get Mar to come up and play some piano and sing with me, because she was a great pianist. Over the next few years we started to do more and more songs together and eventually we did full sets together.Just as that happened, John came up to me with the idea of with her was an attractive option, because it documented my friendship with her.In 2007, Irglová co-starred in the indie film Once.Irglová co-wrote many of the songs for the film including "Falling Slowly", which received an Academy Award for Best Original Song.Anyway, I heard he was really good on the bass, so he took me into a music shop, because he couldn’t afford his own bass, and he played me a bunch of Mark King [, did he?John came to me with this idea and he had a 20-page script and Cillian Murphy [Red Eye, Batman Begins] as the lead character.It felt like we could now see this project through without interference from anybody from the outside.John pared the crew back to about six or seven, and they all agreed to do it for nothing. Halfway through shooting the film we were still writing songs for it.
He said, ”You love music and you can obviously play, so why don’t you start your career now? He said, ”Take your guitar into town and start busking.” His thing was that busking was where you learned your skills. It was so easy to take out my guitar and do it again. John Carney, the writer and director of , used to be in the Frames with you back in the early ’90s, right?
The film won the World Cinema Audience Award for a dramatic film at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
Hansard played a large part not only in her development as an artist and songwriter but also in launching her career.
He shared the story of his journey to over a pot of tea on an afternoon between Dylan’s two Sydney shows.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve been supporting Bob Dylan on his Australian tour. GLEN HANSARD: The good thing about doing the Dylan supports is that it’s an audience full of people like me. But one thing I’m utterly aware of is that at a Bob Dylan show, no one’s there to specifically see the support act.
The public has fallen in love with the bearded Irishman’s portrayal of a frustrated busker and struggling songwriter in the film , which was shot last year in two-and-a-half weeks with a tiny budget but a lot of heart and soul.