Life is anything but sweet for 17-year-old Sweetness O’Hara. Her family life lacks warmth and, at school and on the street, she finds herself the target of naked aggression. One day when she is out riding her bike in her neighbourhood, some kids block her path, demanding that she hands over her bike. Sweetness resists, but is beaten to the ground by the gang and their leader – Latonya – a notorious bruiser. Luckily, Sweetness’ older sister Ola appears on the scene and saves her from her predicament.
But Sweetness won’t be able to rely on Ola for much longer; at home shortly afterwards Sweetness’ white father, Gordon, an aggressive drinker, and her black mother, Lorene, have a fight. When her father gets violent, her mother leaves home and Ola decides to join her. From now on Sweetness must look after herself. She does so – with astonishing determination. With the help of local celebrity Roland she manages to earn herself a bit of street credibility and, before long, two of her erstwhile rivals, Fatima and Jojo, become her allies. With their support, she dares to attempt a head-on collision with Latonya – and succeeds in beating her rival to a pulp in front of the other pupils.
All at once, the pecking order is turned upside down. Sweetness becomes an increasingly loudmouthed bully. Only when her mother and sister come back into the family fold, does Sweetness come to the realisation that she is now the author of the kind of aggression which used to make her own life a misery. –Berlinale
Born and raised in New York.
2009, Annenberg Film Fellow.
2010, Cinereach Film Fellow.
Victoria began her theatrical training, in Shelley Winters exclusive classes at the Actors Studio.
Eventually withdrawing from years of money gigs in acting to pursue film studies.
Victoria Mahoney has received the Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship for her project “Yelling to the Sky”.
Mahoney received a grant for her Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs project and mentorship from screenwriter Walter Bernstein.
Mahoney also received the Maryland Film Fellowship. —IMDb
this was a great coming of age story but not only that it was really well crafted. i liked how not everything was shown and only noises were heard. i've seen a lot of people complaining about this not being true to living in bad neighbors but it actually captured it really well without trying to overwhelm the audience. acting was spot on, i'm pretty convinced zoe couldn't have been better. overall, i liked it a lot.