Urban Hymn follows a troubled teenage girl, Jamie, who possesses an amazing singing voice, and an inspiring and unconventional social worker, Kate, who encourages her to use it.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Henderson ... Kate Linton
Letitia Wright ... Jamie Harrison
Isabella Laughland ... Leanne Dixon
Ian Hart ... Ian Wilson
Steven Mackintosh ... David Linton
Caroline O'Neill ... Fiona
Shaun Parkes ... Charlie
Matthew Steer ... Michael
Jack McMullen ... Dean
Jamie Taylor Jamie Taylor ... Peter
Athena Droutis ... Alice
McKell David ... Ryan
Frankie Oatway Frankie Oatway ... Bob
Katie Redford ... Lisa
George Somner George Somner ... Liam


A redemptive coming-of-age story about a wayward teen, Jamie (Letitia Wright), who is encouraged by an inspiring and unconventional social worker, Kate (Shirley Henderson), to use singing as an escape from her troubled background. Jamie's loyalties soon become torn between Kate and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne (Isabella Laughland). Written by Level 33 Entertainment

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The only way out is to find your voice See more »


Crime | Drama


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The film was selected to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015 where the picture had its world premiere in the 'City To City' strand. See more »


Don't Break My Heart
Performed by The Urban Hymn Choir
(p) 2016 Sony Music Entertainment
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Dynamic and Engaging Drama, Must See!
7 June 2017 | by kaylifsutlSee all my reviews

Urban Hymn is a stunning and complex drama that keeps you on your toes throughout. I was surprised by this film's ability to grab my attention and sustain it, I truly couldn't look away.

The director, Michael Caton-Jones, takes you on an immersive journey through the lives of a case worker and a troubled teen and their unexpected common ground in music. Jamie has been through many hardships in her 17 years and has barely any hope for her future. Kate, her case worker, teaches her to realize her potential and inspire her to follow her passions. This is a story of overcoming your past, accepting a helping hand and understanding that you are more than your circumstances. This film is truly a tear-jerking coming of age story that reminds us that everyday can be a fresh start. I recommend this film to anyone who has a passion for music, its affect in people's lives and an appreciation for film that isn't afraid to be unapologetically human.

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Release Date:

12 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Şehrin Şarkısı See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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