This year’s Sundance Film Festival once again brought the best of indie cinema to snowy Salt Lake City in Utah and around this time of year, we start to see some of the best-received films getting cinema releases in the US and, hopefully, in the UK as well.

Indeed the London version of the film festival takes place in London in a couple of weeks and some of the treats will be shown to UK critics and audiences, but some of those who were subject of big bidding wars will be heading straight to cinemas soon. One such film is Patti Cake$, a brilliant coming-of-age tale from music director Geremy Jasper, making his feature film bow – we’ve been lucky enough to see the film here at HUG Towers and can only reiterate the acclaim it’s been getting.

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Danielle Macdonald leads the film as Patricia Dombrowski, aka Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper stuck in New Jersey, hoping to break into the big time one day. With the help of her friends Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay), Basterd (Mamoudou Athie) and Nanna (Cathy Moriarty), she attempts to break into the big time rap scene.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

PATTI CAKE$ introduces Australian native Danielle Macdonald in a breakout role, as aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$. Fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in Jersey where her life is falling apart, Patti tries to reach the big time in the hip hop scene with original and affecting music. Cheered on by her grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) and only friends, Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay) and Basterd (Mamoudou Athie), Patti also shoulders her mother’s (Bridget Everett) heartaches and misfortunes.

Patti Cake$ opens on August 18th in US cinemas with a UK release date still yet to be confirmed.