Obey

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    Obey

    Directed by

    United Kingdom

    2018

    90 min

    • English

    Drama

    Nineteen-year old Leon returns home to take care of his alcoholic mother and adjust to life as an adult after an adolescence spent in and out of foster care. Frustrated by his lack of an education and his bleak financial prospects, Leon finds solace in the boxing ring. He soon meets the rebellious and beautiful Twiggy (Sophie Kennedy Clark), who is squatting in abandoned houses to escape her family’s unfeeling affluence. As rumblings of riots begin in the streets and police and protesters engulf his neighborhood, Leon must decide whether to join his friends and fight or seek a new life with Twiggy. Set against a turbulent backdrop, OBEY is a raw and unflinching look at one young man’s struggle to better himself when the world appears to be dead-set against him. Writer-director Jamie Jones perfectly captures the volatile energy that permeated one of London’s most violent periods of social unrest. And newcomer Marcus Rutherford, as Leon, delivers an astounding performance, full of fire, rage, and vulnerability.

    Awards

    • Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature Film - Tribeca FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Marcus Rutherford
    Sophie Kennedy Clark
    Sam Gittens
    T'Nia Miller
    James Atwell
    Screenplay
    Jamie Jones
    Cinematography
    Albert Salas
    Editing
    Agnieska Liggett
    Emma Gaffney
    Sales
    WIDE MANAGEMENT
    Production
    OBEY VENTURES LTD

    Press

    OBEY is a well-directed, well-acted film.

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

    A robust, confident debut.

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

    Jamie Jones

    Jamie Jones

    United Kingdom

    Jamie Jones is the award-winning director of THE NEST, a short film starring Vicky McClure. OBEY, Jones’s first feature, addresses themes that he continues to explore in his all films: why poverty is so often linked to violence, and why it so often pushes people to extremes.