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A film about teenage passion and hatred that is equally as strong. Leigh-Anne is an 18 year old with a 10 month old daughter who can barely get through the day without the support and supervision of social welfare. She is terrified of losing her child to a welfare organization in the event she loses the means to take care of her child on her own. Such fear has her acting hostile not only to her child’s grandmother, but to the social service worker and her Turkish neighbors who believe she is Pakistani. Her intense desire to provide a stable life leads Leigh-Anne to create a surrogate family with three friends, a family isolated from the outside world. In order to support her child, she will do whatever it takes, which eventually leads to devastating consequences. This layered narrative develops by contrasting the immature and fragile love and sex of teenagers against prejudice, isolation and survival. What propels the teenagers in the film are paranoia caused by misunderstandings and distrust and the hatred and anguish that explode from frustration. These lives are desperate and full of sorrow.
Amma AsanteAmma Asante
Writer/director Amma Asante attended full time stage school in London, where she trained as a student in dance and drama. She began her film and television career as a child actress, and in her late teens Amma left the world of acting behind and eventually made the move to screenwriting with a development deal from Chrysalis. Two series of the urban drama Brothers and Sisters followed, which Amma wrote and produced for her production company and BBC2. Amma Asante’s critically acclaimed feature film, A Way of Life, is her directorial debut and was released in UK in 2004. The film has also garnered awards internationally at many festivals and award shows including BAFTA, The South Bank Award, and London Film Festival. Also, The Times has heralded her “one of the most exciting prospects to have emerged in British Cinema.”