Set in Liverpool, we follow the film’s namesake Tamla Rose as she and her friends try to make it as a Motown band, charting their trials and tribulations along the way. The film is set to a backdrop of completely original Motown soundtrack music recorded especially for the production.
The feel-good film stars relatively unknown actress fashion model and singer Adi Alfa as Tamla Rose. Also in the band is Alexandra Johnston and Tisha Merry who plays Candi Shimm. Since filming Tamla Rose, Merry has gone on to become series regular Steph Britton in Coronation Street. The trio star alongside acting veterans Jake Abraham, who viewers will recognise as the hapless burglar Dean from the hit British classic Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Brookside’s Philip Olivier. Abraham plays the band’s manager Jim with Olivier playing Kyle, an unruly record company executive who takes an interest in the band and whose unruly antics threaten to put the band’s friendship to the test.
With stellar performances all round, the film is sure to be a hit with anyone who loves iconic Motown rhythms. Tamla Rose is also an inspiring tale of hope and determination sure to strike a chord with anyone thinking of a career in the music business.
Certificate: 12A Distributor: UK Film And Music
Dir. Joe Scott, UK, 2013, 112 mins
Cast: Adi Alfa, Tisha Merry, Alexandra Johnston, Jake Abraham, Phillip Oliviere