Pretty Red Dress

October 3, 20238:30pm
The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Gill Manly, will be attending this screening as our special guest.

Debut feature from writer and director Dionne Edwards, who chooses the inner city streets of South London as a backdrop to her complex exploration of black masculinity and self acceptance. Travis, recently released from prison, strives to reintegrate himself into family life but as secrets and desires surface, his life unravels.

This moving drama is carried by tender humour and heartfelt moments and as well as standout performances from Natey Jones and chart topping singer Alexandra Burke in her first film role.

Trivia: It was very difficult to cast the role of Travis (Natey Jones) as many actors balked at it – one commented that he could imagine himself playing a serial killer quicker than the role of Travis!

Thought-provoking, intimate and brave, the outstanding performances from its leading stars and Edwards’s smart direction make this a great entry in Black British cinema.” Kelechi Ehenulo, Empire

Deftly balances the competing desires, vulnerabilities and insensitivities of its three leads… The use of music is key, with Motown casting a long shadow” (Sight & Sound)

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Film Information
Release year: 2022
Running time:   110 mins
Directed by: Dionne Edwards
Language: English
Country: UK
Classification: 15
Genre: Drama
Starring: Alexandra Burke,
Natey Jones,
Temilola Olatunbosun,
Rolan Bell
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WFC Audience Score:  73%

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Screening Gallery

Councillor Gill Manly, the Mayor of Merton

Ready for the show

Joan Henry, the previous Mayor of Merton and Gill Manly