Having dazzled us the last few years with her stylish neo-soul, as heard on her 2008 chart-topping debut, Rockferry and her latest, Endlessly, Duffy can now add acting to her résumé, The 26-year-old Welsh singer makes her film debut in the psychological drama, Patagonia.
Cardiff-born director Marc Evans (Trauma, Snow Cake) calls it a “low budget road movie,” which sees Duffy as the vivacious Sissy. She romances Alejandro, an Argentinian lad who looks after the elderly Cerys during a visit to her native Wales. The Grammy-nominated vocalist recently explained to BBC News that she was encouraged to take the part because it offered glimpses of her younger self.
“I feel as though Sissy’s character was very close to who I used to be,” she said. “I’m not saying I’ve changed dramatically, but there are elements of her that I think I’ve left behind so that’s also what made me feel compelled to do the film.”
She added: “This little girl lost in time looking slightly out of place, I remember being that person. She resembled something that I had experienced growing up in Nefyn.”
Patagonia had its U.S. premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival last June and it officially opens in London and Cardiff this week. Duffy contributed two songs — “Desearia (Hope There’s Someone)” and “Ar Lan Y Mor” — to its Welsh-heavy soundtrack.
Brothers & Sisters actor Matthew Rhys also stars as a tour guide named Mateo. He too is caught up in a romantic twist involving a Welsh woman in his travel group. Check out some of movie’s scenic photos here.