The Girl with Brains in Her Feet

Movies, Family and kids
This directorial debut may explore familiar territory (a girl's coming of age), but it opens up Jo Hodges' screenplay with a light touch, and elicits engaging performances from its principals, notably Joanna Ward as 13-year-old 'Jack'. Secret smoker, T-Rex fan and nascent track runner, this energetic Leicester schoolgirl shows a nifty ability to sidestep the challenges and irritations life throws up, be it domestic interference (her mum's a nag), scarcely veiled racism, the perils of adolescent sex - or the lack of training shoes. It's not in the league of Kes, on which it leans for inspiration, but it gives notice of sensitive new talent.

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Director: Roberto Bangura
Screenwriter: Jo Hodges
Cast: Joanna Ward
Amanda Mealing
John Thompson
Jamie McIntosh
Joshua Henderson
Jodie Smith