"A brave exploration of racial hatred in deprived areas"
"Revealing, resolving and moving. A very impressive first film"
The New Internationalist
"A little Masterstroke of a Black Tragicomedy"
The Guardian

A Way of Life

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A Way Of Life¬†centres on teenage mother Leigh-Anne Williams (Stephanie James); her brother Gavin (Nathan Jones), a seventeen year old desperately chasing love, and her two friends Robbie (Gary Sheppeard), a seventeen year old determined to move beyond his dead-end community and Steven (Dean Wong), a fifteen year old yearning for a Welsh identity. All of them function along the margins of society… until one day, paranoia, boredom, frustration and anger form a lethal combination.

When her baby girl’s future appears threatened, Leigh-Anne’s Turkish Muslim Neighbour becomes the target of pent up anger and humiliation. A ferocious murder takes place which is seemingly driven by racial hatred and in a moment, the four teenagers seal their fate. A violent yet powerful story of a young mother and her child, of teenage romance and friendship. A Way Of Life¬†draws you into a world of poverty, love, tenderness and hurt… a world which will change the way you look at life.


Brenda Blethyn, Stephanie James, Nathan Jones, Gary Sheppard, Dean Wong





Running Time

87 minutes



Directed by

Amma Asante

Written by

Amma Asante

Produced by

Patrick Cassavetti, Peter Edwards and Charlie Hanson


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