Nineteen-year old mixed-race Londoner Leon returns home to take care of his alcoholic mother and adjust to life as an adult after an adolescence spent in and out of foster care. Frustrated by his lack of an education and his bleak financial prospects, Leon finds solace in the boxing ring. He soon meets the rebellious and beautiful Twiggy, who is squatting in abandoned houses to escape her family’s unfeeling affluence. As rumblings of riots begin in the streets and police and protesters engulf his neighbourhood, Leon is torn between fighting against racial injustice with his friends, and the escape symbolised by Twiggy.
A raw and unflinching look at one young man’s struggle to better himself, when the world appears to be dead-set against him. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the London riots of 2011, this compelling British debut feature is full of fire, rage, and vulnerability.
Includes a screening of short film Peace After Christchurch (Ahsen Sayeed, 2019) and a post-screening discussion with Ian Sergeant (curator/researcher of black British arts), writer/director Liane Moonraven and artist/designer Jay Davis (Beatfreeks)
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