Anyone who saw it will know that Celine Sciamma’s “Girlhood,” released back in January, is one of the best films of 2015 so far. Are we about to get a British-set companion piece for it? This week sees the UK release of drama “Honeytrap,” and the film looks to be playing in similar territory as Sciamma’s picture, though it’s actually based on real events.
Directed by Rebecca Johnson (who was nominated for Best Newcomer at the BFI London Film Festival, where the film debuted), it’s a fictionalized retelling of the story of Samantha Joseph, who in 2008, led a boy who was enamoured with her into an ambush set-up by her boyfriend, resulting in his murder. A gritty drama examining the unfamiliar world of women in London gangs, it seems to be a major launchpad not just for Johnson, but for its young cast. “Skins” star Jessica Lula, who plays the lead, just landed a role in U.S. TV drama “Recovery Road,” and Lucien Laviscount, who plays rapper Troy, will soon be seen in Ryan Murphy’s new show “Scream Queens” alongside Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis.
It picked up strong reviews, both at the LFF and at SXSW, where it played in March. And ahead of its British release, we’re delighted to be premiering an exclusive clip from the film. You can watch it below, and UK viewers can check the film out when it open this Friday.