White Girl - North American premiere - Sunday March 22 at 9 pm
How does the daughter of a white working class woman find sanctuary in
Islam? This provocative and emotive drama stars Holly Kenny as Leah, an
11-year-old whose adoption of Islam to escape the pain and strife at home has
a profound impact on her family.
(Being shown in Canada on the TV Ontario Channel)
Preview video cliphttp://www.bbc.co.uk/white/white_girl.shtml
This provocative and emotive drama from the Bafta Award-winning writer of Sex Traffic tells the story of the clash of cultures that occurs when a white family relocates from Leeds to an otherwise wholly Asian community in Bradford.
Abi Morgan's compelling film is told from the perspective of 11-year-old Leah, played by newcomer Holly Kenny, whose world is turned upside down when her mum Debbie (Bleak House's Anna Maxwell Martin) moves the family to Bradford to escape the fallout from her recent relationship break-up.
Leah becomes friends with her neighbour Yasmin and discovers that the culture she was initially intimidated by isn't so alien after all. She is soon seeking sanctuary in the rituals of Islam, away from the pain and strife at home. But this innocent fascination turns sour for Debbie when her daughter comes home wearing a hijab, and the family's violent reaction has explosive consequences for everyone.
CastAnna Maxwell Martin... Debbie
Holly Kenny... Leah
Daniel Mays... Stevie
Melanie Hill... Sonya
Jay Simpson... Adam
Jade Islam... Yasmin
CrewWriter... Abi Morgan
Director... Hettie MacDonald
Producer... Andrew Woodhead
Tiger Aspect Productions