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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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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


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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Guitars/Vocals/Harmonium: David Gray
Bass: Rob Malone
Electric Guitar: David Nolte
Drums: Clune
Piano: Tim Bradshaw
Programming: Iestyn Polson
P.C. 2004 iht Records Ltd.
Written by David Gray
Published by Chrysalis Music Ltd.
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Incredibly powerful and emotional
24 March 2018 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Leigh-Anne is 17, and the mother of a 6-month old baby, Rebecca. She lives in a run-down council flat in Cardiff and her life is filled with bleakness and insecurity. She is convinced her neighbour Osman is trying to get Social Services to take her daughter away. Enlisting the help of three friends she aims to ensure Osman does not undermine her. Little does she realise the consequences of her actions.

Incredibly powerful and emotional story. Harrowing ordeal, showing the lives of people in poorer echelons of society, and how they live their lives. Shows the traps and cycles they fall into, as well as how their situation shapes their behaviour.

Also explores themes like racism and paranoia.

Superb movie.

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