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A Way of Life (2004)

At 17 LeighAnne Williams has a six month old baby to look after, with only the help of three teenage squatters who flog stolen gear to make ends meet. A neighbour (actually from Turkey) ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephanie James Stephanie James ... Leigh-Anne Williams
Gary Sheppeard Gary Sheppeard ... Robbie Matthews
Nathan Jones Nathan Jones ... Gavin Williams
Dean Wong Dean Wong ... Stephen Rajan
Sara Lloyd-Gregory ... Julie Osman (as Sara Gregory)
Oliver Haden Oliver Haden ... Hassan Osman
Brenda Blethyn ... Annette
Eli Williams Eli Williams ... Rebecca Williams
Darcy Williams Darcy Williams ... Rebecca Williams
Lynsey Richards Lynsey Richards ... Helen
Victoria Pugh ... Social Worker
Amy Morgan ... Karen Williams
Gareth Gethyn Evans Gareth Gethyn Evans ... Evin
Philip Howe Philip Howe ... Jacob
Ri Richards ... Brenda Williams


At 17 LeighAnne Williams has a six month old baby to look after, with only the help of three teenage squatters who flog stolen gear to make ends meet. A neighbour (actually from Turkey) across the street becomes target to her growing paranoia that Social Services are going to take her daughter, Rebecca, away from her. Her behavior becoming increasingly desperate as her delusions over her neighbor grow. She convinces Steven, Gavin, and Robbie he needs a lesson. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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12 November 2004 (UK) See more »

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Guitars/Vocals/Harmonium: David Gray
Bass: Rob Malone
Electric Guitar: David Nolte
Drums: Clune
Piano: Tim Bradshaw
Programming: Iestyn Polson
P.C. 2004 iht Records Ltd.
Written by David Gray
Published by Chrysalis Music Ltd.
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Remarkable film debut
24 January 2005 | by dgwyn66See all my reviews

A Way of Life is an extraordinary and disturbing film.It seems scarcely credible that the director is making her debut and the performances of the largely unknown cast so powerful and totally convincing.I would feel confident in asserting,for example, that the performance of Stephanie James in the central role of Leigh-Anne will stand comparison with those who will be honoured at the Oscar ceremony next month.Her portrayal of an attractive and intelligent young woman smouldering with racial hatred and frustration is one that will live in the memory .It is a film that gets under your skin and forces you to ask yourself some fundamental questions.How did these young people get to be the way they are? Is the connection between poverty and deprivation on the one hand and violence and cruelty on the other too facile,although it should be said that the film itself makes no such facile connection.The whole thing is unsettling and uncomfortable and you cannot take your eyes from the unfolding tragedy. By chance I had seen Clint Eastwood's accomplished Million Dollar Baby a couple of days before.Of the latter The Guardian's film critic,Peter Bradshaw, rightly remarked that,three-quarters of the way through, it delivers to the audience a right hook like Jack Dempsey.A Way of Life delivers a barrage of right and left hooks that leave one bruised and soul-searching as one emerges from the cinema.

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