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A Way of Life (2004)

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. A neighbour (actually from Turkey) ... See full summary »

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Amma Asante

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephanie James Stephanie James ... Leigh-Anne Williams
Gary Sheppeard Gary Sheppeard ... Robbie Matthews
Nathan Jones Nathan Jones ... Gavin Williams
Dean Wong Dean Wong ... Stephen Rajan
Sara Lloyd-Gregory ... Julie Osman (as Sara Gregory)
Oliver Haden Oliver Haden ... Hassan Osman
Brenda Blethyn ... Annette
Eli Williams Eli Williams ... Rebecca Williams
Darcy Williams Darcy Williams ... Rebecca Williams
Lynsey Richards Lynsey Richards ... Helen
Victoria Pugh Victoria Pugh ... Social Worker
Amy Morgan Amy Morgan ... Karen Williams
Gareth Gethyn Evans Gareth Gethyn Evans ... Evin
Philip Howe Philip Howe ... Jacob
Ri Richards ... Brenda Williams
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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. A neighbour (actually from Turkey) across the street becomes target to her growing paranoia that Social Services are going to take her daughter, Rebecca, away from her. Her behavior becoming increasingly desperate as her delusions over her neighbor grow. She convinces Steven, Gavin, and Robbie he needs a lesson. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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12 November 2004 (UK) See more »

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"Powerful and unsentimental..."
19 July 2012 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

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 a seventeen-year-old single mother named Leigh-Anne Williams who lives in a deteriorated council flat in a harsh area in Cardiff with her daughter named Rebecca and who is in an ongoing argument with a Turkish immigrant in her neighbourhood, frequently visited by a social worker and who spends most of her time with her brother and his two friends who are juvenile delinquents.

Finely and engagingly directed by British filmmaker Amma Asante, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly 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 its distinct and realistic milieu depictions, the fine production design by production designer and art director Hayden Pearce and cinematography by English cinematographer Ian Wilson, this character-driven, compelling and at times violent story regarding 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, which was made three years after the Bradford riots in 2001 and which is inspired by the director becoming interest in girl-led gang crime after learning the story about an eighteen-year-old girl who had been involved in a gang rape in London, England and her interest in poverty and race in the UK, examines themes like family relations, identity, racism, urban decay, youth criminality and survival, depicts a multidimensional study of character and contains a profound score by British musician David Gray.

This bleak and distinct social-realist drama regarding a person who all though knowing that it might lead to the person that she loves the most in the world will be taken away from her, participates in her friends' criminal activities and disregards the mother of the father of her daughter who wants Rebecca to live with her, is impelled and reinforced by its 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 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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