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Pretty Red Dress 15 rating

One dress changes everything for a family in Dionne Edwards’ brilliant debut. Defiant, uplifting and with music at its core.

Drama 2022 110 mins

Director: Dionne Edwards



Dionne Edwards’ film, which received its World Premiere at last year’s BFI London Film Festival, crafts an uplifting family drama soundtracked by Tina Turner hits that will instantly fall into the canon of iconic London films. Travis has just been released from prison and it quickly becomes apparent that everything’s changed while he’s been gone. While girlfriend Candice is on the up and auditioning to star in a musical, daughter Kenisha is struggling in school and her relationship with her mum is tense. So when Travis buys Candice her dream dress for an audition, rather than smoothing over the family’s problems, it ends up creating even more...

As secrets and desires left unsaid threaten to spill out, Travis is forced to re-examine who he is and how he wants to be perceived in the world. In her impressive debut, Dionne Edwards skilfully investigates Black masculinity and family structures.