Following the trouble times of the 2011 London Riots, Urban Hymn story follows a journey of an inspiring and unconventional social worker: Kate (Shirley Henderson), to use singing as a tool for the main charge of hers to build something positive in her life.
I’m not sure what I expected when I was offered the chance to review this movie but once I started watching, I realized it wasn’t what I thought.
Starting with the riots to show the troubled times, you then move into a home for troubled teens. Jamie (Letitia Wright) has a toxic relationship with trouble maker Leanne (Isabella Laughland) and ends up having to make a tough decision as another path becomes available to her.
Jamie’s new case worker gets her to join a choir and, with her talented voice, doors start to open that could really change her life for the better.
Leanne, drags her into another bad situation and that bright new future might be in jeopardy. That poor decision cost Jamie all that she had gained and tortures Kate who uses her job to deal with her deceased son, Ben. Kate continues to support Jamie as does her fellow cell mate and friend: Leanne.
Jamie displays natural music talent and, thanks to a prison program called Jail Guitar Doors, learns guitar as well as working on her song writing. Kate continues to write Jamie, visit her and help her for her days outside prison.
I don’t want to spoil it for you, but this slow moving drama is a great message fro troubled teams or those that feel like their efforts to help someone might be in vain. One personal really can make a difference. Bottom line message? Life is about choices – just like I tell Miss Sarah. Sometimes you make a good choice and, if you make a poor one? You have to deal with the consequences.
Keep some Kleenex handy when you watch Urban Hymn, just sayin’.
disclosure: I was compensated for this post yet all thoughts and ideas are entirely my own.
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