Directed by: Philippa Lowthorpe
Starring: Molly Windsor (Holly Winshaw), Ria Zmitrowicz (Amber Bowen), Liv Hill (Ruby Bowen), Maxine Peake (Sara Rowbotham), Lesley Sharp (DC Margaret Oliver), Ace Bhatti (Nazir Afzal), Lisa Riley (Lorna Bowen), Simon Nagra (Daddy), Paul Kaye (Jim Winshaw), Jill Halfpenny (Julie Winshaw)
Country: UK, Effed Up British Movies
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Genres: Based on a True Story, Courtroom, Domestic Abuse, Misery, Old-Young, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, , Racism, Siblings-Family, Teenagers, Prostitution, Misery-Depressing
Plot – Spoilers:
Based on the UK grooming and teen exploitation case from the late 2000s. This was originally a TV mini-series that has been put together here as a 3 hour-long piece.
Teenage girls are lured by older men with simple bait like free booze, a place to party or even feigned protective guardianship. Sometimes the girls themselves foster the abuse, which lasts for years through a combined failure of families and the system.
Three Girls follows some TV tropes but does a decent job of highlighting the important issues of the case – racism, class and social prejudice, political correctness, and most importantly, the helplessness of the victims who were often brushed aside as trash. The excellent casting choices for the three girls, definitely helps here.
The Finsbury Park terror attack on random Muslims has been alleged to have been inspired by this series.
Molly Windsor who stars as one of the victims, also acted in the similarly themed The Unloved.