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Release Date:
12 November 2004 (UK) See more »
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In the real world there are no happy endings
Plot:
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 remarkable achievement 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

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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31 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
a remarkable achievement, 25 November 2004
Author: dermottferry from derry, ireland

A Way of Life

I was not prepared for what I seen in this film. I went into this with the impression that it was going to be some movie about struggling teenagers who turn out alright in the end. I thought that I would leave the cinema saying, 'well…that was nothing special.' I was completely wrong. It was one of the best films I've seen all year. Directed by first timer Amma Asante, it is the harsh truth of the state of lower class citizens, one of the most important messages ever sent out of a film. You will leave more determined to be a better parent in the future.

The film draws you in straight away as it begins with a gang of teenagers physically assaulting a middle aged man in the middle of the street. The ferociousness of the beating their giving out made me sit up straight away and take notice. The film then travels back to the events leading up to this attack.

At the beginning we are introduced to Leigh-Anne (Stephanie James). Leigh-Anne is a frustrated, angry teenage mother living in a council flat with no electricity. Her mother killed herself when Leigh was just a child and she also, along with her brother, suffered constant abuse form her father. So with only her brother and his two friends to support her, and with very little income coming in, times are hard for Leigh. Her only reason for living is her daughter Rebecca, and she will do anything, literally, to protect her. Her Grandmother Annette (Brenda Blethyn) feels that she would be more suited to look after Rebecca, which leads to several run ins between the two. Annette isn't the only person she has trouble with, due to her jealousy and racist standpoint, Leigh is involved in constant confrontations with Turk Hassan Osman (Oliver Haden). Another reason for this hatred towards Osman is Leigh is jealous of the relationship he has with his daughter Julie (Sara Gregory).

In one scene we see an example of the lengths Rebecca will go to help her daughter- no matter how brutal. She acts as a pimp to gain £30 off a man who comes looking for sexual service. Rather than have sex with the man herself, she convinces a girl younger than herself, to seal the deal. "Just open your legs and let him do the rest'. It is one of the most startling and shocking scenes of the film.

Leigh's brother Gavin (Nathan Jones), and his two friends Robbie (Gary Sheppeard) and Stephen (Dean Wong), are always there for Leigh. But that usually involves crime and anti-social behaviour. The four of them as a group run riot and it's when they are together we see that despite being a committed mother, Leigh is far from an innocent little girl.

Leigh is regularly visited by a social worker (Marged Esli), and after seeing her chatting to hated neighbour Hassan, she is convinced that Osman is plotting to get her baby taken away from her. One of the most significant parts of the film is when baby Julie is burned by a candle at home. This leads to a string of events that leads to the tragedy that we caught a glimpse of at the start. The aftermath of this is even more tragic.

This is a film that will leave you thinking of the youth out there today and have you deciding whether or not you sympathies with Leigh Anne. I didn't.

All the cast in this film played their roles very well but for me Stephanie James, in the role of Leigh-Anne, stood out for me. Not because she was the lead character but due to the fact that for someone making her on-screen debut and performing so well, I feel that that takes a lot and I'm pretty sure this will not be the last we see of her.

Overall I feel that this is a must see film for all ages of 15 and up, I felt that it should have had an 18 certificate, if not for its stance as a very good movie, but for it's importance.

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