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Catch Me Daddy Review


Gorgeous photography and an elusive storytelling style combine to make this dark dramatic thriller both gripping and rather frustrating. Without some understanding of the nature of honour killing in Britain, it will be difficult to make much sense out of the plot. But the atmospheric filmmaking helps make up for this, and it also covers over an uneven central performance.

The story opens in an isolated trailer park on the edge of a Yorkshire town, where young Laila (Sameena Jabeen Ahmed) is in hiding with her Scottish boyfriend Aaron (Connor McCarron). But as she quietly heads to work, there are several men on her trail. Laila's brother Zaheer (Ali Ahmad) is just back from Pakistan and is tracking her down with three friends, while her father (Wasim Zakir) has hired Tony (Gary Lewis) and his friend Barry (Barry Nunney) to find her. Clearly, her family wants her back, and Laila knows they're not planning to welcome her with open arms. So she and Aaron make a run for it.

Shot and edited in an observational style, directors Daniel and Matthew Wolfe don't make it very easy for the audience, never quite explaining what's happening and letting the actors speak in mumbled thick dialect. This makes it tricky to engage with any of the characters, especially the inexpressive Ahmed, who is better in the quiet scenes than she is when required to display emotion. She does capture a strong sense of desperation, as Laila is literally fighting for her life. It's clear that each character has his or her own story within the bigger narrative, but working these out sometimes feels like a chore, even with terrific actors on board like Lewis, Nichola Burley (as Laila's boss) and Kate Dickie (as Aaron's mum).

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Picture - Nichola Burley, , Thursday 5th July 2012

Nichola Burley - Nichola Burley, Thursday 5th July 2012 Twenty8k premiere at the East End Film Festival, Genesis Cinema,

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Kierston Wareing, Nichola Burley and Parminder Nagra - Kierston Wareing Parminder Nagra Nichola Burley Sevda Levent Derek Riddell amd Michael Socha, Thursday 5th July 2012 Twenty8k premiere at the East End Film Festival, Genesis Cinema,

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Kierston Wareing, Nichola Burley and Parminder Nagra - Kierston Wareing Parminder Nagra Nichola Burley and Sevda Levent, Thursday 5th July 2012 Twenty8k premiere at the East End Film Festival, Genesis Cinema,

Payback Season


Picture - Nichola Burley, London, England, Sunday 4th December 2011

Nichola Burley and Old Billingsgate - Nichola Burley, London, England - The 2011 Moet British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market. Sunday 4th December 2011

Picture - Jaime Winstone; Nichola Burley, London, England, Sunday 4th December 2011

Jaime Winstone, Nichola Burley and Old Billingsgate - Jaime Winstone; Nichola Burley, London, England - The 2011 Moet British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market. Sunday 4th December 2011

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