Apostasy (PG)

Director Dan Kokotajlo. Drama

Simple but sharp, and emotionally intense, this British debut by Daniel Kokotajlo offers rare insight into an enclosed and little understood community – the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Set in Manchester, it’s a story of a mother and her two daughters, Alex and Luisa, raised according to the faith’s rigorous code. But Luisa, discovering other possibilities in life, finds herself “disfellowshipped” – barred from the community and contact with her family. Kokotajlo’s own background as a Witness brings a meticulously observed authenticity, and superb performances open up deep personal dimensions in this trenchant inquiry into the cost of fundamentalist fervour.

Starring Siobhan Finneran, Robert Emms, Steve Evets, Sacha Parkinson, James Quinn, Jessica Baglow and Aqib Khan