Director: Eva Riley
Cast: Frankie Box, Alfie Deegan, Sharlene Whyte, William Ash, Nicola Wright, Jenna Goodwin
Runtime: 83 min.
Joys, sorrows and discoveries of adolescence
14-year-old Leigh (impressive newcomer Frankie Box) lives with her neglectful father on the outskirts of Brighton. She’s a talented gymnast, training hard for her first competition despite her lack of confidence, some bitchy fellow gymnasts and little money to pay for her fees.
When an older half-brother appears at her house one night, Leigh’s lonely existence is altered. Mistrust gradually transforms into exciting new feelings as Leigh receives the attention she craves. But she is also exposed to the thrill and danger of moped crime.
Debut director Eva Riley delivers an assured and spirited coming-of-age story that explores with heartfelt sensitivity a sibling relationship. A keen visual style and lively soundtrack complete this portrait of willful yet sensitive teenage-hood.
Awards & Festivals:
BFI London Film Festival – participation
Melbourne International Film Festival – participation
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – participation
Seville European Film Festival – participation