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Rye Lane


Year: 2023 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Raine Allen Miller 
Starring: Poppy Allen-Quarmby, Malcolm Atobrah, Munya Chawawa  
An image from Rye Lane

Of course there is a natural association that comes with London-set rom-coms: over the years we have naturally come to expect Richard Curtis’ fizzing, sentimental meet-cutes as a given, voiced by the bumbling stammer of a hapless, forlorn Hugh Grant. But Rye Lane promises to be something fresh. An optimistic and candy-coloured landscape becomes the setting for a twenty-something’s wooing, through the sunwashed streets of Peckham and Brixton. After an unflattering meeting in the toilets of an art gallery, Yas (Vivian Oparah) and Dom (David Jonsson) bond over their recent break-ups. He is miserable about the prospect of having to meet his ex and her new partner for dinner, upon which Yas feels that acting up as his girlfriend must be the only appropriate response: surely it can’t be foreshadowing anything? The scrapes that ensue, including her retrieval of a vinyl record from an ex-boyfriend’s apartment, keep this bubbly and whimsical movie afloat. The director Raine Allen-Miller (named one of Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ in 2021) has an assured touch for her feature debut, and the leads are more than charming enough to carry off this picture with the wit that it deserves.

Max King

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Screenings of this film:

2022/2023 Summer Term (digital)