Directed by Adura Onashile
UK | 87 min 2023 | Drama | English


Eleven-year-old Ama and her mother, Grace, take solace in the gentle but isolated world they obsessively create. But Ama’s thirst for life and her need to grow and develop, challenges the rules of their insular world and gradually forces Grace to reckon with a past she struggles to forget.


Director: Adura Onashile
Screenplay: Adura Onashile
Cinematography: Tasha Back
Editing: Stella Heath Keir
Production Design: Soraya Gilanni Viljoen
Costume Design:
Kirsty Halliday
Music / Composer:
Ré Olunuga
Sound on set: Becky Thomson
Sound design: 
William Aikman

Production company: barry crerar

Cast: Déborah Lukumuena, Danny Sapani, Le’shantey Bonsu, Liana Turner

With the financial support of:

  • Adura Onashile
    Adura Onashile

Festivals & Awards

  • Sundance Film Festival 2023 – World Dramatic Competition
  • Goteborg Film Festival 2023 – European premiere / Ingmar Bergman Competition

press quotes

“Tender Mother And Daughter Story”

“There are shades of Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher in Onashile’s affecting film”

“As a calling card, Girl is an impeccable achievement for everyone, but for audiences, it’s a rewarding study of alienation that refracts the immigrant experience through a refreshingly different lens”


“the visual richness of this nonetheless spare, economical work has a gorgeously mesmeric quality”

“Confidently establishes its own mode of visual poetry”

“A central asset of GIRL is Lukumuena’s performance”

“GIRL should have healthy prospects in a receptive climate for contemplative, aesthetically fine-tuned UK cinema following the success of AFTERSUN.”


“A thoughtful and emotional approach to trauma (…) explores the weight of trauma with care and respect”

“an assured feature debut with excellent performances that refuses to skirt around difficult conversations.”

“a delicate and poignant film.”


Adura Onashile

Adura Onashile is an award-winning Glasgow based artist. She has just finished playing Medea in the National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival 2022 acclaimed production. She has directed two productions, HeLa and Expensive S**t for The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, winning a Fringe First, Edinburgh Guide Best Scottish Contribution to Drama and TOTAL and Amnesty nominations. Both shows toured nationally and internationally supported by the British Council. She has directed productions with The Unicorn Theatre, The Place, Contact Theatre, Fuel Theatre, and The National Theatre of Scotland. In 2020, she wrote and directed her screen debut, EXPENSIVE SHIT, a BAFTA Scotland nominated short produced by barry crerar which premiered at BFI London Film Festival 2020.

Girl (2023, feature)
Expensive Shit (2020, short)