A Prayer Before Dawn

Dir: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

France / UK


116 mins



Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Nicolas Shake, Panya Yimmumphai

Starring Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders, Green Room), A Prayer Before Dawn brings the prison drama to new levels of intensity while sensitively portraying life in an extreme environment. We follow the compelling true story of Briton Billy Moore, a heroin addict who learned Muay Thai boxing after being sentenced to three years in a Thai prison for selling drugs. Unable to speak the language he struggles to survive and build real relationships in a reality few can imagine.

Shot on location inside Nakhon Pathom prison in Thailand, the film lays bare the harsh conditions of life without sanitising or imposing judgement. Liverpool-born Moore’s own memoir informs the film, and Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s direction captures his story of vicious honour codes and tender friendships with clarity and depth.

A respectful and immersive portrayal that evokes both stylish hyperrealism and a gritty, natural aesthetic, Sauvaire shines a light on a dark and brutal world, rarely seen.

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