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12 November 2004 (UK) See more »
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In the real world there are no happy endings
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At 17 LeighAnne Williams has a six month old baby to look after, with only the help of three teenage squatters who flog stolen gear to make ends meet... See more » | Add synopsis »
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10 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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"A powerful and unsentimental directorial debut..." See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Stephanie James ... Leigh-Anne Williams
Gary Sheppeard ... Robbie Matthews
Nathan Jones ... Gavin Williams
Dean Wong ... Stephen Rajan
Sara Lloyd-Gregory ... Julie Osman (as Sara Gregory)
Oliver Haden ... Hassan Osman

Brenda Blethyn ... Annette
Eli Williams ... Rebecca Williams
Darcy Williams ... Rebecca Williams
Lynsey Richards ... Helen

Victoria Pugh ... Social Worker
Amy Morgan ... Karen Williams
Gareth Gethyn Evans ... Evin
Philip Howe ... Jacob
Ri Richards ... Brenda Williams
Nicholas McGaughey ... Terry Williams (as Nick McGaughey)
Karen Elli ... Helen's Mother
Marlene Griffiths ... Mary
Trystan Gravelle ... Student
Marged Esli ... Social Security Officer
Christine Pritchard ... Matron
Lynsey France ... Housing Officer
Stephen Scott ... House Officer
Matthew Jenkins ... Daryn
Lindsey Williams ... Donna
Siriol Jenkins ... Librarian
Clare Isaac ... WPC 1 (as Claire Isaac)
Lynne Seymour ... WPC 2
Tony Squire ... Male Officer
Michael Conway ... Danno
Rhys Pettican Reh ... Little Boy in park
Rhys Jones ... Little boy with football
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Directed by
Amma Asante 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Amma Asante 

Produced by
Patrick Cassavetti .... producer
Peter Edwards .... producer
Charlie Hanson .... producer
Judith Higginbottom .... executive producer: Sgrin Cymru Wales
Kate McCullagh .... assistant producer
Meinir Stoutt .... line producer
Paul Trijbits .... executive producer
Tristan Whalley .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Gray 
 
Cinematography by
Ian Wilson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Clare Douglas 
Steve Singleton 
 
Casting by
Gary Howe 
 
Production Design by
Hayden Pearce 
 
Art Direction by
Arwel Jones 
 
Costume Design by
Susie Lewis 
 
Makeup Department
Liz Jones .... makeup artist
Allison Sing .... makeup artist
Magi Vaughan .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Fiona Morham .... head of physical production: UK Film Council
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Miles .... first assistant director
Nerys Phillips .... second assistant director
Roger Thomas .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Paul Biggs .... stand-by props
Dave Feeney .... construction
Dave Feeney .... stand-by carpenter
Wayne Maggs .... painter
Phillip Painter .... forward constructor
Branwen Pearce .... stand-by art director
Frazer Pearce .... props buyer (as Fraser Pearce)
Dewi Thomas .... props dresser
 
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... foley artist
Tim Alban .... sound supervisor
Richard Davey .... dubbing mixer
Rory Farnan .... dialogue editor
Dan Green .... assistant dubbing mixer
Haresh Patel .... sound effects editor
Damian Richardson .... boom operator
Ian Richardson .... sound recordist
Jessie Taylor .... foley editor
 
Visual Effects by
Tanya Johnsopn .... digital intermediate post producer: O Red
Simon Leppington .... data wrangler
Chris Mortimer .... digital visual effects (as Christopher Mortimer)
Jim Davey .... digital film output (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kevin McCurdy .... fight coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rhian Ap Gryffydd .... still photographer
Terry Bartlett .... assistant camera
Tim Daley .... electrician
Chris Davies .... best boy electric
Llyr Evans .... electrician
Kosta Fiakkas .... crane technician (as Costa Fiaccas)
Ben Griffiths .... electrician
Martin Hawkins .... additional photographer
Robin Holder .... camera trainee (as Rob Holder)
Dai Hopkins .... key grip
Mark Hutchings .... gaffer
Mark Issac .... assistant camera
Anna James .... camera trainee (as Anna Karen James)
Joanna Morgan .... camera trainee
Steve Oxley .... first assistant camera
Chris Pearce .... camera trainee
Martin Scanlan .... second assistant camera
Nanu Segal .... additional photographer
Andy Thomson .... hot head technician
Dai Davies .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ian Chapman .... wardrobe supervisor
Carol Davies Marshall .... wardrobe supervisor (as Carol Marshall)
 
Editorial Department
James Hughes .... assistant editor
Tom Kinnersly .... assistant editor
Gerald Morris .... assistant editor
Michael Nollet .... assistant editor
Laura Sennett .... post-production assistant: O Red
Gary Szabo .... colorist
 
Music Department
Iestyn Polson .... music mixer
 
Transportation Department
Peter Armstrong .... additional driver: minibus
Wayne Humphreys .... driver
Dewi Thomas .... driver: props
Matt Thomas .... driver: minibus
 
Other crew
Natalie Bass .... senior business affairs executive: UK Film Council
Tony Bowlie .... location catering
Ally Burnett .... title sequence designer
Robert Chesshyre .... consultant
Tony Cosh .... facilities assistant
Andi Dixon .... facilities manager
Sean Egan .... lawyer: Bates Wells & Braithwaite, AWOL Films
Anna Evans .... production runner
Lynda Farmer .... lawyer: Bates Wells & Braithwaite, AWOL Films
Des Hughes .... paramedic
Pam Humphreys .... script supervisor (as Pamela Humphreys)
Anna Gwyn Jones .... personal assistant: head of drama, ITV Wales
Himesh Kar .... senior production executive: UK Film Council
Peter Kittle .... accountant: AWOL FGilms
Seonaid Mackay .... title sequence designer (as Seonaid MacKay)
Mike McCullagh .... accountant: ITV Wales
Keeley Naylor .... unit publicist: Emfoundation
Ifan Ramage .... assistant location manager: pre-production
Duncan Rees .... facilities assistant
Iwan Roberts .... location manager
Sion Clwyd Roberts .... business affairs manager: ITV Wales
Craig Stoutt .... production runner
John Taylor .... laboratory contact: Soho Images
Sophie Treacher .... production coordinator
Stuart Ian Udy .... facilities assistant
Illtud Llyr Dunsford .... liaison: film commission (uncredited)
Zoe Flower .... publicist (uncredited)
Sarah Teboul .... production accountant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Gareth Upton .... thanks
 

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91 min | Argentina:93 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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"A powerful and unsentimental directorial debut...", 19 July 2012
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

British screenwriter, director and former actress Amma Asante's feature film debut which she wrote, was screened in the Discovery section at the 29th Toronto International Film Festival in 2004, the Zabaltegi New Directors section at the 52nd San Sebastián International Film Festival in 2004 and in the New British Cinema section at the 48th London Film Festival in 2004. It is a UK production which was shot on locations in Swansea and Cardiff in South Wales, UK and produced by producer and director Peter Edwards, producer and director Charlie Hanson and producer Patrick Cassavetti. It tells the story about 17-year-old Leigh-Anne Williams, a single mother who lives in a deteriorated council flat in a harsh area in Cardiff with her daughter Rebecca. Leigh-Anne is in an ongoing argument with a Turkish immigrant in her neighbourhood, is frequently visited by a social worker, spends most of her time with her brother and his two friends who are juvenile delinquents and though knowing that it might lead to the person that she loves the most in the world will be taken away from her, she participates in their criminal activities and disregards the mother of the father of her daughter who wants Rebecca to live with her.

Finely and engagingly directed by British filmmaker Amma Asante, this bleak and distinct social-realist drama which is narrated from the protagonist's point of view, draws a moving portrayal of an adolescent girl with a harrowing background story who is struggling to survive and raise her daughter in a loveless place. While notable for it's gritty and naturalistic urban milieu depictions, the fine production design by production designer and art director Hayden Pearce and cinematography by English cinematographer Ian Wilson, this at times violent fictional tale which examines themes like family relations, identity, racism, urban decay, youth criminality and survival, contains a profound score by British musician David Gray.

This character-driven and compelling story about a girl in the adolescence-adulthood transition with no real options and no reliable friends or family members who are looking out for her best interest, is impelled and reinforced by it's interweaving stories, various characters, raw and unrestrained dialog, cogent narrative structure and the prominent and expressive acting performance by Welsh actress Stephanie James in her first feature film role, which earned her the Best Actress Award at the 7th International Bratislava Film Festival in 2005. A powerful and unsentimental directorial debut which gained, among other awards, the Alfred Dunhill UK Film Talent Award at the 48th BFI London Film Festival in 2004 and the Carl Foreman Award for special achievement by a British Director/Producer or Writer in their first feature film Amma Asante at the 58th British Academy Film Awards in 2005.

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