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A Prayer Before Dawn

The true story of an English boxer incarcerated in one of Thailand's most notorious prisons as he fights in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom.

A Prayer Before Dawn is a 2017 drama biopic directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, written by Jonathan Hirschbein and Nick Saltrese and starring Joe Cole. It is based on the book A Prayer Before Dawn: My Nightmare in Thailand's Prisons by Billy Moore. The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 19 May 2017. It was released in the United Kingdom on 20 July 2018, by Altitude Film Distribution, and in the United States on 10 August 2018, by A24.

‘Midnight Express' meets 'Ong-Bak,' and that's a good thing.’ Hollywood Reporter

‘Once the audience adjusts to its rhythms, it exerts a powerful fascination.’ New York Magazine

‘Presented with an agitated camera and a bare minimum of subtitles, "A Prayer Before Dawn" adheres to neither the familiar beats of the boxing movie nor the claustrophobic machinations of the typical prison drama.’ New York Times

Awards:

British Independent Film Awards 2018 Winner British Independent Film Award for Best Actor

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