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Babymother (1998)


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Anita is a 'babymother', raising two children with the help of her mother Edith on a rundown estate in north-west London. Byron, her babies' father and a local reggae star, casually invites her to perform in his show, but doesn't follow up the offer. Frustrated, Anita sets up her own act with friends Sharon and Yvette. When Byron turns up to apologise, she rebuffs him. Anita's first performance at a party goes well until Byron arrives with Anita's rival Dionne, who fights with Anita.

When Edith suddenly dies, Anita guesses correctly that her 'sister' Rose is her real mother. Still hoping to be a reggae star, Anita asks Rose for money to cut a record but Rose refuses. Anita then reluctantly agrees to a 'date' with Sharon's boyfriend Caesar in return for free studio time, but he reneges on the agreement. Later, Anita takes Byron's money while he's sleeping and heads for the studio.

Promoter Bee offers Anita and her friends a spot in a competition against Byron's promoter Luther. To thwart Anita's ambitions, Byron - furious after finding out about Anita and Caesar - agrees to perform on Bee's side at the competition and Anita and her friend are dropped. Anita persuades Luther to let her perform on his side, and they beat Byron.

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