MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 16, 2023: PRETTY RED DRESS

Yes, a beautiful, sexy red sequined dress is at the heart of writer-director Dionne Edwards’ South London-set feature debut. But Pretty Red Dress is about much more than an item of clothing, no matter how fabulous it is. It’s the story of a man learning to embrace himself for who he truly is, a woman learning what “unconditional love” really means, and a family learning how to support each other in positive ways.

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PRETTY RED DRESS – Review by Loren King

This original, perceptive debut feature from writer-director Dionne Edwards is about many things: music, sexuality, gender presentation, Dads and daughters and, yes, the titular garment. Natey Jones, in a stunner of a performance, is Travis, a young man freshly released from jail for what seems a minor offense and reunited in working-class London with wife Candice (Alexandra Burke) and their tween daughter Kenisha (Temilola Olatunbosun). Travis is secretly a cross-dresser, and to the credit of the film and to Jones, this is treated neither as a joke nor as a heavy-handed lesson.

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