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My Name Is Leon

  • Drama
  • 2022
  • Lynette Linton
  • 90 mins

Summary

In 1980s Birmingham, nine year-old Leon, a mixed-race boy, embarks on a quest to reunite his family after being taken into care and separated from his blond and blue-eyed baby brother. Drama based on the novel by Kit De Waal, starring Olivia Williams, Christopher Eccleston and Cole Martin

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Review

“You’re a special kid,” an adult tells ten-year-old Leon at one stage in this touching drama adapted from Kit de Waal’s 2016 novel. He certainly is, and newcomer Cole Martin plays him with incredible poise as a child wise beyond his years caught in a strange and upsetting adult world.

We join Leon as his baby brother Jake arrives and their mum struggles to cope. The boys have different fathers, both absent, and as Leon tries to take care of the baby, his mother goes on a downward spiral and social services must step in. We’re in Birmingham in the early 1980s when, we gather, child protection could be a dicey business and, while kindly foster-parent Maureen (Monica Dolan) does her best, Leon has to weather some harsh blows.
Not all of the storytelling is slickly staged, but the heart of the drama is rich and sad, infused with a vein of kindness that elevates the story, along with classy cameos from Lenny Henry, Olivia Williams and Christopher Eccleston.

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Credits

Cast

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Mr. Atwal (Sikh Man)Bobby Bedi
TinaAimee Berwick
NurseTherese Collins
RioterLargie David
MaureenMonica Dolan
Mr. DevlinChristopher Eccleston
MikeJames Eeles
CarolPoppy Lee Friar
SalmaShobna Gulati
PolicewomanAngela Harvey

Crew

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DirectorLynette Linton
WriterShola Amoo
ProducerCarol Harding
ComposerVince Pope
EditorKristina Hetherington
Production designerMalin Lindholm

Details

Released on
2022-06-10
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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