After the death of her father, Little Voice or LV becomes a virtual recluse, never going out and hardly ever saying a word. She just sits in her bedroom listening to her father's collection of old records of Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe and various other famous female singers. But at night time, LV sings, imitating these great singers with surprising accuracy. One night she is overheard by one of her mother's boyfriends, who happens to be a talent agent. He manages to convince her that her talent is special and arranges for her to perform at the local night club, but several problems arise.
Jane Horrocks is a revelation in this touching story about a timid girl whose mother (Brenda Blethyn) is dating a sleazy talent agent (Michael Caine). Horrocks has an imaginary friend for whom she has a habit of singing, is overheard by Caine and he determines to put her on the stage. Blethyn is great is the venal mother, and Caine equally unscrupulous as they both try to exploit their shy charge. Her only salvation in all this is her friend "Billy" (Ewan McGregor) a local pigeon fancier who proves to be her true friend as she struggles with all the pressure. Horrock's own performance is superb - not only is she actually a great mimic (Judy Garland being a choice example of her talents) but she is also one hell of a chanteuse too. Pepperered with humour and pathos, this is a great little film.