Story of a Girl
Writers - Laurie Collyer and Emily Bickford Lansbury
Director - Kyra Sedgwick
Starring - Kevin Bacon, Ryan Shane
Deanna Lambert is a sixteen-year-old girl looking to find that summer job that will promise the money and belief that she might be able to leave her troubled home, however, when she was 13 a sex tape was leaked and the consequences of that humiliation still strike the heart of the family.
When you think of a film festival, your mind thinks about international drama, independent American cinema and low budget but promising work, not a Lifetime movie of the week stretched from the TV onto the big screen.
Ryann Shane does very well and elevates beyond a poor script and comes out of this as a talent to watch. The movie is built on ridiculous decisions from our characters to move the "drama" on and allows everyone to turn it up to 11 in the crying and acting stakes.
This movie never escapes the trappings of your average Lifetime movie with its awful dialogue, soap opera plotlines, poor acting and a score that lacks any subtlety. It was impossible not to snigger at some of the dialogue and plotting, it embraces all the cliches with a straight face.
A very interesting premise for drama is wasted and it just becomes a laughing joke in this limp and unintentionally hysterical drama.
Story of a Girl doesn't deserve the prestige of a festival screening and should join the rest of the Lifetime movies on the backwater channels on your Sky box.
Story of a Girl has its international premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on Thursday 22nd of June.
Lee Hutchison @lee_nostromo