Filly-Brown-PosterDebuting at Sundance last year, Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos’ Filly Brown featured a very memorable performance from leading actress Gina Rodriguez.

Comparable to a female-led version of 8 Mile, the drama is finally coming to the big screen this April, and now Apple have debuted the first trailer and poster ahead of its release this spring.

I was fortunate enough to see its UK debut at Sundance London last year – you can read our review here – and I’m really looking forward to seeing it again.

“FILLY BROWN is an inspiring and gritty portrait of a young artist’s striving to find her voice and seize her dreams without compromise. Majo Tonorio, a.k.a. “Filly Brown,” is a raw, young Los Angeles hip-hop artist who spits rhymes from the heart. With an incarcerated mother, and a father struggling to provide for his daughters, a record contract could be the ticket out for her family. But when a record producer offers Majo a crack at stardom, she is suddenly faced with losing who she is as an artist and the friends who helped her reach the cusp of success. Directed by Youssef Delara and Michael Olmos, fused with a fierce hip-hop score, and propelled by an exceptional cast which features Lou Diamond Philips, Edward James Olmos, and the legendary Jenni Rivera in her final on-screen performance, FILLY BROWN heralds the arrival of Gina Rodriguez in the electrifying title role.”

Starring alongside Rodriguez is Lou Diamond Philips, Edward James Olmos, Braxton Millz, Noel Gugliemi, Chrissie Fit, and the late Jenni Rivera. Delara and Olmos co-direct from a script by Delara, with the fantastic original music coming from Reza Safinia.

Filly Brown will be released in US theatres on 26th April, which gives you plenty of time to catch it before the release of Iron Man 3 the following weekend. No word yet on a UK release date, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will secure a release on our shores later this year.

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