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Obey

UK, English, 96 mins

  • Director: Jamie Jones
  • Writer: Jamie Jones
  • Producer: Ross Williams

CGiii Comment

This is why we need film festivals...to show, grow and promote this kind of homegrown nascent talent.

Feature debuts from both director and star...and, if this is anything to go by, we'll be seeing alot more of them both. A film with a limited budget and unlimited talent...

The backdrop is the 2011 London riots...with rich kids slumming it in the gutter, poor kids stuck in the gutter...screaming to get out. Leon's screams are silent...but, deafening. Marcus Rutherford embodies the frustration of being stuck in a maze with no way out, glimmers of hopes, flashes of possibilities all come crashing down. His choice is oh too simple: Either go with the flow or swim [for your life] against the current. The odds are stacked against him...a drug-addled drunken mothers concedes her worth...in what can only be described as one of the most beautifully acted, tender and clawing scenes seen in the entire festival.

Obey is raw. It packs a mighty powerful political punch and an even mightier emotion one. This is a film that deserves to be seen. A film that deserves distribution.


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The(ir) Blurb...

As London slides towards a time of violent social unrest, on the estates of East London, a young man's life is torn apart by a love for a girl from a different place.

Cast & Characters

Marcus Rutherford as Leon
Sophie Kennedy Clark as Twiggy
Michael Quartey as Trainer
Sam Gittins as Anton
T'Nia Miller as Chelsea
James Atwell as Chris
Taurean Steele as Rafa
Jasmine Jobson as Little M
Joshua Blisset as Karl
Daniel Akilimali as Boogie
Christine Taetz as Naomi
Wil Coban as Carter
Aaron-Russell Andrews as Raymond
Dymond Allen as Kai
Tezlym Senior-Sakutu as Zee

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