As I said before on S & A, we try as
hard as we can to cover everything regarding black cinema; but occasionally, we miss something when it’s timely, only to eventually find out about it later.
And I like to think that I’m pretty
good on being on top of things, which is why, when I found out about the British film
Rose – written and directed by Joe Scott – which we had never covered before on S & A, I was rather surprised. So I thought , what
better time to make up for that oversight than right now.
As you can tell from the trailer below, it’s a very modestly made musical drama that’s set in Liverpool in 2008, about a young singer, Tamla Rose (played by Adi Alfa in the center of the picture above) who, along with her
friends (played by Tisha Henry
(left) and Alexandra
Johnson (right)), forms a backup group for an up
and coming soul singer named Shane Hunter played by Errol Smith.
But the group becomes such a hit that
they break out on their own as a lead group, until their unscrupulous manager
decides to make Johnson a solo act. The group breaks up, and Rose falls into a
tailspin, eventually becoming a barely functioning alcoholic.
But she regains her footing after
teaming up professionally and romantically with Hunter, who is now looking for
a comeback of his own, and battling his former manager over royalty fees.
The film opened in the U.K. in late 2013 and
quickly left, thanks to bad reviews – one of which called the film a “dismal amalgam
of the predictable and the convenient with the acting adequate at best (and
sometime less so).“
Not good; but then again, that’s one
person’s opinion, and there might be someone else who’s seen it in the UK (since it will most likely never
make it over here, across The Big Pond), and has a different viewpoint. So if you
did, we would like to hear from you and what you thought of the film.