“Woody Allen meets Frances Ha in this new British comedy drama … this is a skilfully observed tale of friendship and family with a refreshingly understated sense of humour.”
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Celeste, a young mother tries to carve out a career as a poet in modern-day London with comedically unsuccessful results. Meanwhile, friend and neighbour Stella dreams of being an actor but spends much of her time babysitting Celeste’s son. Part ode to one of the World’s great cities, Hurt By Paradise is a tale of friendship and family.
Directed by Greta Bellamacina, the film stormed into UK film festivals last year and was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival and for Best UK Feature Film at Raindance.
Filmed on location in Camden with a majority female crew, the film is shot beautifully by Fabio Paleari and Emily Jane Robinson and has echoes of classic London comedy dramas such as Withnail & I and London Kills Me.
Alongside Bellamacina, the film stars Tanya Burr in her first cinema role and Sadie Brown, supported by a strong cast of British character actors – Jaime Winstone (Kidulthood), Camilla Rutherford (The Phantom Thread), Veronica Clifford (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets) and Nicholas Rowe (Young Sherlock).
Contains: infrequent strong language, sex references, suicide references
DIRECTOR: Greta Bellamacina
PRODUCER: Robert Montgomery
WRITERS: Greta Bellamacina, Sadie Brown
CAST: Greta Bellamacina, Sadie Brown