Twenty-One (1991 film)

Twenty-One is a British-American drama film directed by Don Boyd and co-scripted by him with Zoë Heller. Patsy Kensit stars as the 21-year-old protagonist. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in February 1991.[1] It was released theatrically later that year in the United States on 4 October, followed by a British release on 1 November.

Promotional poster
Directed byDon Boyd
Produced byJohn Hardy
Morgan Mason
Written byDon Boyd
Zoë Heller
Music byMichael Berkeley
CinematographyKeith Goddard
Edited byDavid Spiers
Release date
  • 4 October 1991 (1991-10-04) (US)
  • 1 November 1991 (1991-11-01) (UK)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States


Katie confides directly to the camera about her troubled existence. She reflects on characters we meet during the film, such as her drug-addicted boyfriend, and dysfunctional family members.[1]



The film received a rapturous response upon its premiere at Sundance.[2]

Patsy Kensit is a standout as Katie, bringing an enormous amount of charisma, warmth, and humor to her role, and supported by an elegant script. Director Don Boyd, best known as the producer of Aria, blends the performances, story and the integral cinematic device of Katie's direct camera narration with exceptional dexterity. Thus he never misses an opportunity to communicate Katie's feelings through pure technique. Katie views the future with optimistic uncertainty, convinced she can win over the world. With its warmth and wit, Twenty-One is prepared to accomplish the same goal.

Reception in Paris was also enthusiastic but UK press reviews were mixed despite Kensit receiving raves for her performance.[1]


Independent Spirit Awards

Sundance Film Festival

Deauville American Film Festival

  • Critics Award - Don Boyd


  1. Up from the mirrors Entertainment Weekly. 25 October 1991
  2. 1991 Sundance Film Festival Twenty-One

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