Beyond the Lights

Synopsis: The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Production: Relativity Media
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 24 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

This is Radio Anthem UK.

MPs have rushed a ban

on land mines in just five hours.

Former secretary Robin Cook says

it will be a tribute to Princess Diana

before the anniversary of her death.

And the weather:

There will be a few showers

in the north tonight, some heavy.

Overnight lows

down to about nine degrees.

Tomorrow, a bit of sunshine

in the north, with some showers.

Anthem UK News,

I'm Aziza Walker.

Sorry, we're closed.


My name's Macy.

This is my daughter, Noni.

I'm Felicia. It's nice to meet you.

I'm off tomorrow, but I can

probably get her in on Monday.

- Oh, no, that's not gonna work.

- Well, babe, it's gonna have to.

It's my birthday.

I've got plans with my man.

Happy birthday.

Thank you.

She's singing in

a talent contest tomorrow

and I don't know what the bloody hell

to do with her hair.

- Grandma? Aunties?

- No, it's just me.

Can you just... just show me something

really quickly, please?

What are you singing?

- "Blackbird. "

- Nina Simone?

It's going to be a fast lesson.

Take a seat, pretty girl.

Oh, my goodness! You didn't even

get the comb all the way through.

Well, I can't

get the comb through it.


Why you wanna fly


You ain't ever gonna fly

Why you wanna fly


You ain't ever gonna fly

No place big enough for holding

All the tears you're gonna cry

'Cause your mama's name was lonely

And your daddy's name's pain

And they call you little sorrow

'Cause you'll never love again

You ain't got no one to hold you

Oh, you did so good.

- You ain't got no one to care

- You were so good.

- The second runner up...

- If you'd only understand, dear

...Erica Johnston.

- Nobody wants you anywhere

- Congratulations. Well clone.

- The first runner up is...

- So why you wanna fly, Blackbird?

...Noni Jean! Noni!

You ain't ever gonna fly

- Good job.

- Why you wanna fly, Blackbird?

This year's contest winner:

- You ain't ever gonna fly

Little Tammy Toulson!

Come on, now.


Ladies and gentlemen, thank you all

for coming. Thank you, of course...

Girl was a rhythmless idiot.

See her counting steps?

Bloody hell. Bloody, bloody

hula-hooping. It's bullshit!

It is bullshit! it's bullshit!

Chuck it.

Go on, throw it away.

Why, Mommy?

You wanna be a runner-up,

or you wanna be a winner?

They just showed your clip.

I'm gonna get you to the spot.

Love the hair.

You guys are supposed to return back

to your seats after your performance.

This way, this way.

Imperial Mammoth,

"Last One to Leave the Party".

OK, I'm gonna need everyone

to clear out of this area.

I need everyone out of here.

Just a minute.

Excuse me. Arms up.


- Hold on.

And the Billboard Award

for top song goes to...

...Kid Culprit and Noni, "Masterpiece".

This is Kid Culprit's

third Billboard Award,

and Noni's first win.


- Yo, Drake, can you grab the car?

All right.

What up, baby? You good?

- You need to come to Miami with me.

- I've got a ton of press.

You know I'm gonna get us

in some trouble down there.

And a meeting with the label.

Baby, you just won a Billboard

before your first album even dropped.

Hey, they need to be

kissing your ass, for real.

Here you go.

I'll be back for the concert.

Just keep it tight for me, all right?

There's Noni, there's Kid!


Right, I've got a meeting with Bradley,

so I'll be right behind you.

Can you get down the stairs, please?

Noni, I love you!




Noni, I love you!

I want your autograph please.

Oh, my God! I love you, Noni!

Oh, my... Oh, my God!

She scared me.

These kids are turned up, yo.

Our girl's imbibing?

What? Ooh, I'm taking a pic.

- Noni!

- Noni!

Noni! Do you want this?

Noni! Looking good, Noni.

Noni, over here!

You look beautiful, baby! Right here.

Oh, my God. Wow.

Oh, my God, it's Noni!

She's so pretty.


You have the worse taste

in men I've ever seen.

- Uh-uh. See, that's not true.

Yeah, you do. You do.

- I've seen... Ooh.

- Whoa. You OK?



No one walks in after me, OK?

Yes, ma'am.


I just need a minute.

We actually need

to go in there.

She didn't mean us.

She meant everyone else.

- We're in a rush, Officer.

- Seriously.

What's going on? Why aren't you getting

her changed? You've got after-parties.

Noni won't let us in the room, and the

cop here thinks he's the bodyguard.

Go and get something to eat.

Um, come back in 30.

Can you let me in, please?

Have a great night, ma'am.


Noni! Oh, my God!

None, what are you doing?


Ma'am, I need you to stand back.

It's very important

you stand right here, OK?


What's going on?

Can you look at me

for a second? Please?


You still can't see me.



Grab my hand.

Grab my hand.

Hey! Hey, hey, hey! Look at me, damn it.

Look at me! Listen to me! Hey!

Sh*t, Noni. Listen to me, listen to me.

Look at me.

I see you.

I see you.

Nones? None, come on.

Come on.

Come on, babe, let's go inside.

Come on.

Come on.

Let's go inside.

Come on.

Come on, honey.

Supposed to be easy money,

babysitting these celebrities.

First time, too, right?

Jesse asked me to cover for him.


You think I can talk to her

for a minute? Her mom's blocking...

Hey, wait a minute.

You get this looked at?

I'm fine, Pop.

Just need to see her, you know?

Check on her.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood

Gina Prince-Bythewood is an American film director and screenwriter. She is known for directing and producing the films Disappearing Acts and Love & Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees, and Beyond the Lights. more…

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