Thursday, February 24, 2011

Saving Amy

One of Britain's hottest young actresses of the moment, 18 year old Jessica Barden, is set to take the title role in new British feature Saving Amy. Jessica, seen last year in Tamara Drewe, appears alongside Saoirse Ronan in Hanna, and also takes the lead role in low-budget feature The Dark Half also due out this year. She was also nominated for the 2011 Critics Circle Young Performer of the Year Award.

Scheduled to shoot this June in Yorkshire, Saving Amy is described as a uniquely imaginative character-driven urban drama set in the UK, and will be directed by Dominic Lees.

When 15 years old Amy is raped by her mother’s boyfriend, she flees into a sinister world of streetwise opportunists and predators. The callous No-Neck and his cross-dressing sidekick Shithead try to force her into prostitution. The deranged Fagin-like Lou wants her as a sex prisoner. Then there is Peter, mum’s paedophile boyfriend, who wishes to silence her for ever. Ken, a young street magician, comes to Amy’s aid. But he will need all his resourcefulness to help her. Charismatic and mysterious, with a touch, perhaps of the supernatural, he becomes Amy’s mentor and guide through the most dangerous day of her life. Dark, but also funny and deeply poignant, this is a story about growing up and hope.

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