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Shoot for Urban Hymn kicks off in the capital

Date posted: 24.09.2014

Director Michael Caton-Jones is in the capital this week as filming gets underway on his latest project, Urban Hymn. Set against the backdrop of the youth riots that spread across the UK in 2011, it is a story of struggle, aspiration and hope.

The shoot will see stars Shirley Henderson (Filth), Letitia Wright (Top Boy, My Brother the Devil) and Ian Hart (Boardwalk Empire) head to London, with musician and activist Billy Bragg also set to feature.

Finding a Voice

Set in south-west London, the film follows troubled teenager Jamie as she tries to deal with conflicting loyalties to her volatile and possessive best friend and her social worker Kate.

A young offender with an incredible voice, Kate is determined she will use her talent to find a new path. Set against the recession, high unemployment and the build up to youth riots that spread across the country in 2011, Urban Hymn uses Jamie's journey to explore the the universal power of music and its ability to give a voice to the unheard.

Caton-Jones praised this element of the script from Nick Moorcroft (St Trinian's), saying "Moorcroft's heartbreakingly beautiful screenplay perfectly captures a tale of hope and humanity and examines the transcendental nature of music in a cold and cruel world."

Co-production and Collaboration

Producers Andrew Berg, Neil Chordia and John Sachs of London-based Eclipse Films have teamed up with Powderkeg Pictures for the project. It's being financed by Swedish company Dashisha Global Film Production with Anwar Kadawari and Ibrahim Dashisha acting as executive producers.

Urban Hymn is the latest production to announce shooting in the capital this year, joining a raft of film and television projects to hit the streets of London to find their perfect location.

You can catch London on the big screen right now in Matthew Warchus's Pride and on the small screen in Our Girl and Downton Abbey.

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