A tearaway teenage girl trying to take control of her life forms an amazing and unbreakable bond with a new friend. But can Ellen avoid becoming just another statistic?


Mahalia Belo


Sarah Quintrell
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Credited cast:
Jessica Barden ... Ellen
Yasmin Monet Prince ... Kayla
Joe Dempsie ... Jason
Jaime Winstone ... Nicole
Charlie Creed-Miles ... Leon
Johann Myers ... Graham
Amelda Brown ... Nan
Xirone Russell ... Jimmy Bird
Christian Patterson Christian Patterson ... Jack
Anita Reynolds Anita Reynolds ... Linda
Laura Bayston ... Barmaid
Radoslaw Kaim ... Man at Party (as Rad Kaim)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joanna van Kampen ... Woman


A tearaway teenage girl, at war with her mum, and trying to take control of her life, forms an amazing and unbreakable bond with a new friend. They raise hell, stick two fingers up at the world, and laugh like they never have before... but can Ellen avoid becoming just another statistic?

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Earnest, commendable film
2 November 2016 | by hi_im_manicSee all my reviews

I'm in the U.S, I watched this made-for-TV film yesterday and am still struck by the films story, portrayal and message. Most of the cast deliver very fine performances (particularly our protagonist) and the directing is quite good. I'm glad that I had the chance to watch, it's touching. Ellen is a 14 year old girl in a broken home and is living with her mom and dying grandmom in a council home (project). Her father is a railway engineer of sorts and is deliberately absent from her life, he only acknowledges his other daughter to his comrades (we never meet him).

Her mother is an immature, selfish alcoholic who's more concerned with throwing parties and her latest fling than she is for the welfare of her daughter. Ellen's companions are liquor, drugs, Kayla, and Jason. Kayla is a schoolmate whom Ellen has never acknowledged until they meet one lonely night and party together. Kayla's mom is deceased, and her dad is a truck driver who spends his days on the road and often leaves her alone. Kayla is a good and kind girl and sort of more self-controlled than Ellen. She has little resistance to acting wild with her new friend.

Jason is a single man in his late 20's or early 30's. He's a neighbor who sometimes parties with her mom. He seems lonely and relates his own adolescence well with that of Ellen's. He shows real concern. He provides her with a free phone, food, support and companionship.

Unease sets in early for the audience. Her moms newest boyfriend behaves decidedly predatory, like a pedo. So Ellen avoids him and her mum. Ellen seems hell-bent on self-destruction, and has no parental support.

What will happen with this young girl?

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1 September 2016 (UK) See more »

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