‘Once’ Director John Carney on His Newest Musical 'Sing Street'

Director John Carney is back in his sweet spot.

“I think that the term musical scares people off,” Carney told ABC News. “This is one where I hope people will walk out of the cinema and go, ‘Was that a musical?’”

The film tells a story that somewhat resembles Carney’s own childhood.

“It’s a story of a kid who, like myself...went from sort of a tiny primary school, into a rough high school and is sort of a fish out of water. And as a sort of means of survival, he forms a school band,” said Carney. “And the school band becomes everything to him. It sort of gets the bullies from off his back and it distracts the teachers from realizing what a terrible student he is. And it draws the attention from the girl who he’s sort of been looking wistfully at across the street.”

“Sing Street” hits theaters today.