International Narrative Competition

World Premiere

UK | 90 MINUTES | English |


Drama, First Time Filmmaker
Nineteen-year old Leon returns home to take care of his alcoholic mother and adjust to life as an adult after an adolescence spent in and out of foster care. Frustrated by his lack of an education and his bleak financial prospects, Leon finds solace in the boxing ring. He soon meets the rebellious and beautiful Twiggy (Sophie Kennedy Clark), who is squatting in abandoned houses to escape her family’s unfeeling affluence. As rumblings of riots begin in the streets and police and protesters engulf his neighborhood, Leon must decide whether to join his friends and fight or seek a new life with Twiggy.

Set against a turbulent backdrop, Obey is a raw and unflinching look at one young man’s struggle to better himself when the world appears to be dead-set against him. Writer-director Jamie Jones perfectly captures the volatile energy that permeated one of London’s most violent periods of social unrest. And newcomer Marcus Rutherford, as Leon, delivers an astounding performance, full of fire, rage, and vulnerability.

—Karen Kemmerle


Directed by Jamie Jones

Jamie Jones is the award-winning director of The Nest, a short film starring Vicky McClure. Obey, Jones’s first feature, addresses themes that he continues to explore in his all films: why poverty is so often linked to violence, and why it so often pushes people to extremes.
Jamie Jones
Emily Jones, Ross Williams
Jamie Jones
Albert Salas
Lol Hammond
Agnieska Liggett, Emma Gaffney
Marcus Rutherford, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Sam Gittens, T'Nia Miller, James Atwell


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Loic Magneron
Wide Management
Paris, 75002
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Emily Jones
Obey Ventures LTD
Madrid, 28005
Phone: (+34) 656 672 969
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Obey Ventures LTD
Madrid, 28005
Phone: (+34) 656 672 969
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