Film review: Urban Hymn

Directed by Michael Caton-Jones and written by Nick Moorcroft, I love this inspiring film.

Opening with scenes of the 2011 summer riots, this moving and poignant film follows troubled teen Jamie (Letitia Wright) as she teeters between falling back into a life of crime and the discovery of her true self through music. The strong female cast includes Shirley Henderson (Bridget Jones and Harry Potter) who plays Jamie’s care worker, Kate.

Struggling with the murder of her son, Kate has recently quit her academic career in pursuit of something more meaningful. Also a member of a community choir, Kate sings to remember her son, whilst Jamie uses music to heal and forget. This raw, redemptive story sees Jamie, previously deemed a lost cause, gently open up to Kate who in turn gives her the courage to hope.

It’s a touching look at young adults in care – the choices faced and the impossibility to break their cycle alone.

 

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