Pretty Red Dress

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Director(s)Dionne Edwards
Writer(s)Dionne Edwards
Running Time1HR 50MINS
SeasonMain Programme
Audio Accessible

One dress changes everything for a family in Dionne Edwards’ spirited debut, which investigates Black masculinity and family structures.

Travis (Natey Jones) has just been released from prison and it quickly becomes apparent that everything's changed while he's been gone. While girlfriend Candice (Alexandra Burke) is on the up and auditioning to star in a musical, daughter Kenisha (Temilola Olatunbosun) is struggling in school and her relationship with her mum is tense.

So when Travis buys Candice her dream dress for an audition, rather than smoothing over the family's problems, it ends up creating even more... As secrets and desires left unsaid threaten to spill out, Travis is forced to re-examine who he is and how he wants to be perceived in the world.

In her skillfully directed first feature, Dionne Edwards crafts an uplifting family drama that will instantly fall into the canon of iconic London films. Featuring breakthrough performances from Natey Jones (National Theatre Live: Small Island), newcomer Temilola Olatunbosun, and the chart-topping singer and West End actor Alexandra Burke in her first film role.

★★★★ "There’s warmth, humour, sadness and tenderness in this big-hearted feature debut from writer-director Dionne Edwards." The Guardian

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