Film
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION

OBEY

Directed by Jamie Jones
FEATURE NARRATIVE 90 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE OBEY
Nineteen-year old Leon returns home to take care of his alcoholic mother and adjust to life as an adult after an adolescence spent in and out of foster care. Frustrated by his lack of an education and his bleak financial prospects, Leon finds solace in the boxing ring. He soon meets the rebellious and beautiful Twiggy (Sophie Kennedy Clark), who is squatting in abandoned houses to escape her family’s unfeeling affluence. As rumblings of riots begin in the streets and police and protesters engulf his neighborhood, Leon must decide whether to join his friends and fight or seek a new life with Twiggy.

Set against a turbulent backdrop, Obey is a raw and unflinching look at one young man’s struggle to better himself when the world appears to be dead-set against him. Writer-director Jamie Jones perfectly captures the volatile energy that permeated one of London’s most violent periods of social unrest. And newcomer Marcus Rutherford, as Leon, delivers an astounding performance, full of fire, rage, and vulnerability.

—Karen Kemmerle
Drama, First Time Filmmaker
About the Director(s)
Jamie Jones is the award-winning director of The Nest, a short film starring Vicky McClure. Obey, Jones’s first feature, addresses themes that he continues to explore in his all films: why poverty is so often linked to violence, and why it so often pushes people to extremes.

Film Info
  • Section:
    International Narrative Competition
  • Year:
    2018
  • Length:
    90 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    UK
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Cinematographer:
    Albert Salas
  • Screenwriter:
    Jamie Jones
  • Composer:
    Lol Hammond
  • Cast:
    Marcus Rutherford, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Sam Gittens, T'Nia Miller, James Atwell
  • Editors:
    Agnieska Liggett, Emma Gaffney
  • Director:
    Jamie Jones
  • Producers:
    Emily Jones, Ross Williams

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