Emboldened social worker nurtures a troubled teen's musical talent, changing her life and saving her from herself. Sounds familiar. Despite the fact that the basic premise for Urban Hymn is something that has been explored before, I found this film to be an entirely new and breathtaking experience. Director Michael Caton Jones navigates this film around the all too familiar pit falls of its predecessors, guided by its uncompromising script, stunning cinematography, and exceptional cast. Bitter and dry, yet populated with moments of freedom and vitality, Urban Hymn revolutionizes the coming of age tale, and Caton Jones handles the content with grace and vitality. The cast, compromised of Shirley Henderson (Bridget Jones' Diary,), Letitia Wright (Glasgow Girls) and Isabella Laughland (Harry Potter), each play with their roles with equal conviction and skill. Each nuanced performance from these three wildly talented actresses breathes new life and dimension into this unflinching gaze into the darkened underbelly of London society. The camera does not shy away from scenes of violence or aggression, instead it holds the image crystal clear, almost savoring it, dedicating itself to portraying the reality of these lives. Urban Hymn is a film for those who seek change -for themselves or for others - who seek inspiration to move forward in their lives, and I assure them that they will find it here.