Julian Henriques (1998)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Writer/director Julian Henriques's feature debut has in its favour an undeniable energy and a gutsy performance from Anjela Lauren Smith, as the mother of two battling against the odds and the indifference of her partner to become a reggae singer. Yet too often the narrative is hijacked by musical interludes, which, with the exception of the final gig, do little to further our understanding of either Smith's tangled personal history or the chauvinism of the record business. It has a Secrets and Lies feel, but there's insufficient dramatic focus.


A determined single mother overcomes a variety of obstacles as she attempts to kickstart a career as a reggae singer. However, the death of her mother leads to a series of revelations regarding her past - and leaves her dreams in tatters. Musical drama, starring Anjela Lauren Smith, Caroline Chikezie and Jocelyn Esien.

Cast & Crew

Anita Anjela Lauren Smith
Byron Wil Johnson
Sharon Caroline Chikezie
Yvette Jocelyn Esien
Luther Don Warrington
Dionne Tameka Empson
Caesar Vas Blackwood
Anton Anton Rice
Saffron Saffron Lashley
Mistress Edith Corinne Skinner-Carter
Director Julian Henriques
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Film Four DistributorsGuidance: Contains swearing and nudity. Available on: video and DVD
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