14-year-old Leigh (impressive newcomer Frankie Box) lives on the outskirts of Brighton. She’s grieving her recently-deceased mother, a misfortune that has made her father distant and neglectful. She’s also 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 older half-brother Joe (Alfie Deegan) 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 Joe’s petty criminal aspirations.
What the critics say….
“The film’s main asset is impressive newcomer (Frankie) Box: veering between bratty backchat and bruised reticence, she’s tossed on unpredictable tides of teenage emotions” - Wendy Ide, Observer (UK)
“Eva Riley’s debut feature is a dazzling coming-of-age tale lit up by a pair of remarkable first-time performances…. What an emotional, satisfying film this is – and a whopping oversized calling card for everyone involved” - Cath Clarke, The Guardian
“Eva Riley’s winning feature debut, a deeply felt and graceful addition to the rites of passage film” - Hannah McGill, Sight & Sound