Winner of the Discovery Award at the British Independent Film Awards, Eva Riley’s assured debut is a spirited coming-of-age tale seen through a fresh lens. 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 nasty teammates and little money to pay for her fees. Leigh’s lonely existence is altered when she meets Joe (Alfie Deegan), the tearaway half-brother she never knew she had. As their bond grows, his involvement in petty crime brings danger her way.
‘Eva Riley’s debut feature is a dazzling coming-of-age tale lit up by a pair of remarkable first-time performances…It’s a drama in the social-realist tradition of Ken Loach and Andrea Arnold, with whom Riley shares an instinct for working with first-time actors. Their real and raw performances give the film warmth and energy. It had me hooked from the opening scene.’ - Cath Clarke, The Guardian
‘★★★★ There are shades of Lynne Ramsay in writer-director Eva Riley’s lyrical feature debut.’ - Wendy Ide, The Observer