Urban Hymn is a film that is less about a succinct destination, than the journey there. This journey is undertaken by Jamie Harrison (Letitia Wright) and her social worker (Kate Linton). Jamie has lived a tough life, orphaned at a young age and forced to grow up fast, she exudes a tough, sneering façade that only her best friend Leanne Dixon (Isabella Laughland, equally tough and brash) can pierce through. That is until Kate Linton enters the stage, Kate has spent her life as a sociology professor, who goes into social work following the violent death of her son. She bonds with Jamie – despite Jamie’s best efforts to scare her away – and fosters the young girl’s singing talent, hoping to raise Jamie above the meager status she has been given in life. This film is not all butterflies and rainbows, there is hardship and struggle, violence and depravity, and Michael Caton Jones takes an unflinching and uncompromising approach to this subject matter. Jones, partnered with one of the most skilled and committed casts in film this year, takes the coming of age genre in a completely different direction than it has ever been before, and you’ll like where it’s going.