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A hard-hitting drama about the perils of abuse.
5/5

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Directed by Esther Baker, from a screenplay by Ambreen Razia, ‘Dues’ is a short drama that explores the struggles of a mother and daughter, and their battle to free themselves from the shackles of abuse. Kemi Awoderu leads the cast as Tia, the impressionable teenage daughter of Dawn (Petra Letang). Additional cast include; James Hillier (Nick), Morgan Watkins (Michael) and Khai Shaw (Jay). Set in London, the film delves into themes of crime, blackmail, domestic violence and female empowerment. A hard-hitting drama with a salient message at its core.

The 23-minute short opens with Tia and her mother packing their belongings in an attempt to leave the family home. With Dawn’s partner’s return imminent, Tia becomes smitten by the charms of a man on social media – putting their escape in jeopardy. The narrative explores their hostile home-life, under the sway of love-bombing, manipulation and criminality. Additionally, Tia finds herself in a desperate situation of her own.

Esther Baker and Ambreen Razia have crafted a telling tale that will resonate with many victims of domestic and emotional mistreatment. The entire cast deliver profound performances throughout, particularly from Kemi Awoderu – a rising star in the making. The narrative, albeit distressing, gives a flawless showcase of the dilemmas, complexities and toils of women under the power of an improper partner. Cinematography is of high-end industry quality, with superb post-production and sound. A gripping watch that shouldn’t be overlooked. Highly recommended.

Brief Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Tia and her long-suffering mum Dawn have been saving up to make a new life away from Dawn’s abusive partner, but he brings a drug debt to their door and leaves them penniless and trapped in an unsafe home. Tia’s hot new boyfriend Jay offers a way to earn fast cash by introducing her to a county lines network but when she realises she’s being set up, can she find a way out before it’s too late?
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Director(s): Esther Baker
Writer(s): Ambreen Razia
Cast: James Hillier, Kemi Awoderu, Khai Shaw, Morgan Watkins, Petra Letang
Producer(s): Esther Baker, James Gourlay, Jennie McClure, Nakiah Varcianna
Director of Photography: Luke Cardiff
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Runtime: 24 min

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Dues

A hard-hitting drama about the perils of abuse.
5/5

Review

Directed by Esther Baker, from a screenplay by Ambreen Razia, ‘Dues’ is a short drama that explores the struggles of a mother and daughter, and their battle to free themselves from the shackles of abuse. Kemi Awoderu leads the cast as Tia, the impressionable teenage daughter of Dawn (Petra Letang). Additional cast include; James Hillier (Nick), Morgan Watkins (Michael) and Khai Shaw (Jay). Set in London, the film delves into themes of crime, blackmail, domestic violence and female empowerment. A hard-hitting drama with a salient message at its core.

The 23-minute short opens with Tia and her mother packing their belongings in an attempt to leave the family home. With Dawn’s partner’s return imminent, Tia becomes smitten by the charms of a man on social media – putting their escape in jeopardy. The narrative explores their hostile home-life, under the sway of love-bombing, manipulation and criminality. Additionally, Tia finds herself in a desperate situation of her own.

Esther Baker and Ambreen Razia have crafted a telling tale that will resonate with many victims of domestic and emotional mistreatment. The entire cast deliver profound performances throughout, particularly from Kemi Awoderu – a rising star in the making. The narrative, albeit distressing, gives a flawless showcase of the dilemmas, complexities and toils of women under the power of an improper partner. Cinematography is of high-end industry quality, with superb post-production and sound. A gripping watch that shouldn’t be overlooked. Highly recommended.

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Brief Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Tia and her long-suffering mum Dawn have been saving up to make a new life away from Dawn’s abusive partner, but he brings a drug debt to their door and leaves them penniless and trapped in an unsafe home. Tia’s hot new boyfriend Jay offers a way to earn fast cash by introducing her to a county lines network but when she realises she’s being set up, can she find a way out before it’s too late?
Dues

Credits

Director(s): Esther Baker
Writer(s): Ambreen Razia
Cast: James Hillier, Kemi Awoderu, Khai Shaw, Morgan Watkins, Petra Letang
Producer(s): Esther Baker, James Gourlay, Jennie McClure, Nakiah Varcianna
Director of Photography: Luke Cardiff
Animation:

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Runtime: 24 min
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