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May 12–18, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Urban Hymn

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"A heartrending, human story that is told with care and concern"
  —Screen International
"Urban Hymn is so carefully and lovingly made by director Michael Caton-Jones and his leads that it's hard to begrudge the British drama its familiar premise, especially as you squint at the screen through tears"
  —Los Angeles Times
Critics' Pick "Surprisingly fresh thanks to three fine performances and a willingness to be uncompromising"
  —New York Times

In 2011, a surge of looting, arson, and violent disorder spread from London to Birmingham, Manchester, and other cities, raging for six days and ending with mass arrests. Urban Hymn picks up in the aftermath when a troubled young female offender, Jamie (Letitia Wright), and a grieving novice care-worker Kate (Shirley Henderson, Trainspotting, Bridget Jones's Diary) cross paths. At the heart of it all is the relationship between Jamie and Leanne (Isabella Laughland). Both have come from tragedy, and find refuge in their friendship while mutually facing an uncertain future as they near the end of their time in a state-run residential home for children. When Kate enters the picture, she develops a maternal bond with Jamie, encouraging her to embrace her singing talent which can offer her an escape to a better life. Leanne is unable to let go of her best friend and becomes increasingly volatile, leaving Jamie irrevocably torn between the two women.

Directed by Michael Caton-Jones, UK, 2015, 114 mins.


  • Fri., May 12 at 9 pm
  • Sat., May 13 at 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Sun., May 14 at 6:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., May 15–18 at 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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