The selected films are: Best Mates (Dur: 10’21”, Dir. Maninderpal Sahota), Bro9 (Dur: 8’02”, Dir. Juliet Ellis), Chicken Soup (Dur: 7’40”, Dir. Farah Abushwesha), Explosions (Dur: 9’24”, Dir. Hammad Khan) and Mash Up (Dur: 10’00”, Dir. Jesse Lawrence)
The five shorts will be shown as part of the New British Cinema strand ahead of a number of UK Premiere feature films by directors such as Nick Broomfield, Penny Woolcock and Yousaf Ali Khan.
Marc Boothe, Director of B3 Media, is delighted at the news: “We are excited by the opportunity to present these films at the LFF. There is a growing appetite for stories told from a different cultural perspective. B3 are keen to unearth these stories and give them a wide platform. We feel that The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival represents such an opportunity.”
The five films feature an eclectic mix of drama exploring how reaction to prejudice can manifest itself in a late-night airport bar (Chicken Soup) or on the cricket pitch (Explosions), as well as the concept of loneliness between best friends (Best Mates), an inability to escape from the past (Bro9) and one’s tenuous hold on reality can be distorted fantasies (Mash Up).
Lenny Crooks, Head of the UK Film Council New Cinema Fund comments, “The fact that five short films from Blank Slate have been selected for screening at the 50th anniversary of the London Film Festival reflects the quality of these releases and is a testament to the sheer breadth of creativity and talent that has been given a platform by Blank Slate”.
Festival Programmer Michael Hayden also lent his praise to the initiative “B3 media’s Blank Slate has produced films of undeniable quality; it’s a pleasure to be able to showcase some of them at the Festival. Their work stands as testimony to the evident talent out there, and should hearten anyone interested in the future of British filmmaking”.
BLANK SLATE is part of the UK Wide UK Film Council New Cinema Fund Digital Shorts Scheme produced by B3 Media in partnership with the UK Film Council and Arts Council England. Aimed at supporting the next generation of black and ethnic minority filmmakers, the UK-wide initiative, which produces 8 digital films a year, has resulted in producing work by some of the best emerging talent from culturally diverse creative communities.
The schedule of screenings for the Blank Slate films is attached overleaf.
BLANK SLATE SHORTS TO FEATURE AT
THE TIMES BFI 50TH LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
Best Mates (Dur: 10’21”, Dir. Maninderpal Sahota)
Two old university friends, Raj and Tom, escape their complicated lives through alcohol and drugs on a boy’s night out. When they finally reveal their painful realities, the consequences are unforeseen…
Best Mates Schedule at the LFF [Showing with MISCHIEF NIGHTS]:
Sat 21 Oct 21:00 OWE1, Odeon West End, Leicester Square
Tue 31 Oct 20.45 Genesis Cinema
Br09 (Dur: 8’02”, Dir. Juliet Ellis)
Bro9 is a quietly disturbing film unveiling a portrait of one mans struggle to understand the emotional consequences of a childhood loss.
Bro9 Schedule at the LFF [Showing with ALMOST ADULT]:
Mon 23 Oct 20:45 Phoenix Cinema
Tue 24 Oct 18:30 NFT3, National Film Theatre
Sat 28 Oct 16:15 Ritzy Cinema
Chicken Soup (Dur: 7’40”, Dir. Farah Abushwesha)
Set late at night in an anonymous airport bar, this short film plays with the group dynamics of strangers. Atmospheric and moody, it looks at the modern fear of engaging with others, the unknown horrors that can lurk in people’s pasts and the simple pleasure of reengaging with another human being.
Chicken Soup Schedule at the LFF [Showing with SMALL ENGINE REPAIR]:
Sat 28 Oct 20:45 Ritzy Cinema
Wed 1 Nov 16:00 OWE1, Odeon West End, Leicester Square
Explosions (Dur: 9’24”, Dir. Hammad Khan)
Hassan waits for his turn to bat for a local cricket team, reflecting on his disillusions and the temptation to join a fundamentalist cause. His turn to bat arrives and Hassan is ready to explode.
Explosions Schedule at the LFF [Showing with GHOSTS]:
Wed 25 Oct 21:00 OWE1, Odeon West End, Leicester Square
Sat 28 Oct 14:00 Ritzy Cinema
Mash Up (Dur: 10’00”, Dir. Jesse Lawrence)
Robert visits his mentally disturbed friend and recounts the details of a vicious street attack, only to discover that his own perception of reality has been turned upside down.
Mash Up Schedule at the LFF [Showing with THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS]:
Fri 20 Oct 21:00 OWE1, Odeon West End, Leicester Square
Sun 22 Oct 15:45 Rio Cinema