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November 12 2019
Youngs’ directorial debut Two Graves (starring Cathy Tyson, Katie Jarvis, Dave Johns) was released on Netflix in May 2019. Young previously wrote award winning British crime film, Harry Brown (starring Michael Caine) and now follows up with UK/South Africa official co-production action thriller Stolen.
The female lead will be played by Marsha Thomason who became a familiar face to British and American audiences in White Collar, Lost and box office hits like Black Knight with Martin Lawrence and Haunted Mansion with Eddie Murphy.
Thomason will be joined by Michael Landes (Angel Has Fallen/ Hooten & the Lady),Femi Oyeniran (The Intent/ Anuvahood) Shantelle Rochester (Two Graves) and Clare Anyiam-Osigwe (No Shade). U.K and U.S casting handled by Sam Claypole and some exciting South African talent will be announced shortly.
Stolen follows ex-military officer & single mother Seline (Thomason) who runs a private security business in the U.K has her world turned upside down when news hits of her daughters involvement in a fatal shooting whilst on holiday with Selines’ sister Collette (Anyiam-Osigwe). It is up to Seline and her team Terry (Landes), Shebala (Rochester) Steve (Oyeniran) and Cindy to find out what happened to her in Durban, South Africa.
The film is produced by Shantelle Rochester, (who also stars) for Ida Rose; Uzanenkosi from Ants Multimedia and executive producer Jezz Vernon. Rochester met Uzanenkosi in October 2017 as part of a BFI-backed trade mission with Kwazulu-Natal film commission headed by Jackie Motsepe.
This is the second film from the Ida Rose slate and they are open to discussions with potential sales agents, distributors and slate financiers.
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London, 1st November 2019
Jai Hughes remembered one year on by film producer Shantelle Rochester
12 months on from the murder of teenager Jai Hughes at a chicken shop in Bellingham, South-east London, award winning film producer, actress and CEO of Ida Rose, Shantelle Rochester has launched a self defence social enterprise fund in his name to empower young people at risk from knife crime.
Ms Rochester, who is also Jai’s aunt, spoke of the need to enable other young people to receive vital training and gain knowledge of first aid and defence techniques to prevent deaths like her nephew’s from happening to another family.
Launching ‘Jai’s World Initiative’ in partnership with On Point Communications and CSE Stunts, the fund (courtesy of the Ida Rose Foundation) will help facilitate weekly self defence classes in Bellingham, where the 15 year old was born and raised.
For those who sign up to the classes, expenses will be covered to help enable young people from across London and the South-east to attend. There are plans to expand accessibility to young people nationwide. Youths under 25 attending the classes will get the chance to be certified in Kung Fu and first aid. Classes will also be provided for parents and guardians to learn how to safely dis-arm assailants and act as community first responders at the scene of a crime.
Hughes’s senseless murder on the 1st of November last year sparked outrage in the capital and led to urgent calls for action from the local community and local government.
Ms Rochester, who led the calls for action after a live interview on BBC Radio London said: “After seeing the CCTV footage which captured the moment my nephew’s life was senselessly taken away from him, it dawned on me that if he had known of just one self defence manoeuvre, he could have potentially saved his own life.”
Drill rapper Nyron Jean-Baptiste, 18, was sentenced to 19 years for Jai’s murder in August of this year. Following his conviction, Jai’s family have been looking at ways to commemorate his legacy through positive outreach – inspiring communities in the process and helping to educate and equip young people with the know-how to protect themselves from attack and help others who may also be at risk. Events have been planned to mark the one year anniversary of Jai’s death including a special service to be held at Jai’s local school.
To donate and support Jai’s World Initiative, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/jais-world-Initiative
To interview Shantelle Rochester, please contact: Leo on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +448712885745
The labs – taking place from 2-4 September – include ‘How to shoot a feature film using a mobile phone’ with Cassius Rayner, ‘How to budget and produce a feature film’ with Shantelle Rochester and ‘Scriptwriting: completing your first feature film script’ with Clare Anyiam-Osigwe. The BUFF Live Script Readings take place on Thursday 5 September. The 3 winning scripts (to be performed as 20 minute pieces) are ‘Loyalty’ – written by Jo Southwell, ‘Raped’ – written by Malcolm Solomon and ‘Asylum’ by Eno Enefiok.
Actor, writer, producer and director Noel Clarke is to receive the 2019 British Urban Film Festival honorary award in recognition of more than 20 years spent working in the film and TV industry.
The 43-year-old, who currently stars alongside actor Ashley Walters in Bulletproof on Sky One, will accept the honour at the British Urban Film Festival Awards 2019 on Saturday 7th September.
Clarke said: “I’m honoured to be receiving this award from the British Urban Film Festival. It’s not every day that you get honoured by your film peers and so to be joining an elite list of recipients including people that I count as friends including Wil Johnson and Ashley Walters is all the more satisfying. Thank you BUFF.”
BUFF Chairman Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe said: “In accepting this year’s highest honour, Noel joins an illustrious list of recipients including Richard Pryor, Wil Johnson, Ashley Walters and Amma Asante who have enriched the British Urban Film Festival with their talent, their spirit and their supreme work ethic. The UK owes Noel Clarke a huge debt of gratitude for single handedly kickstarting a revolution in the UK film industry. The British Urban Film Festival would not be the beacon that it is if it wasn’t for Noel Clarke. As an actor, his performances continue to leave an indelible mark on audiences and critics far and wide. As a Black British producer, he is one of a rare breed who has grossed multiple million pound plus movies at the box office. As a writer and director, his vision is the mark of a true genius. As a student of the business, Noel continues to be an inspiration to me and to millions of people.”
This year’s BUFF Awards ceremony is taking place at the London Montcalm Marble Arch hotel. This year’s renewal of the week-long British Urban Film Festival precedes the ceremony, beginning Sunday the 1st of September.
Anyiam-Osigwe wrote and directed No Shade as her feature directorial debut in 2018; She became only the 6th Black British female director to release a feature in UK cinemas. The race drama, which centres on the problematic issue of colourism, stars Adele Oni (Years and Years), Kadeem Pearse (Chewing Gum), Sharea Samuels, Clare Anyiam-Osigwe, Algie Salmon-Fattahian and Jade Asha (The Intent). The cast also includes Shone Romulus (Top Boy) and Judith Jacob (Eastenders). Oni plays the lead character, one of several Black British millenials in the storyline in pursuit of true love but who continually grapples with their self-identity.
No Shade is executive produced by Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe for BUFF Originals. Andrew Eluka and Jesse Quinones serve as co-producers and Shantelle Rochester serves as associate producer for Ida Rose. No Shade premiered at the British Urban Film Festival on June the 5th last year and was released in UK and U.S cinemas last November.
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‘No Shade’, a raw, fresh take on race and colourism in the UK has scooped the African Diaspora Film Festival’s award for best film directed by a woman of colour. According to the jury, the drama from first-time director Clare Anyiam-Osigwe “…explores the hardships of the modern dating world through the dysmorphic presence of colourism as well as the fetishization of black women in a way that is tactful and honest“.
The winner of the Women of Colour Filmmaker Competition was announced last week after the conclusion of the 2018 NY African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF NYC). ‘No Shade’ was 1 of 6 feature length films directed by women of colour which received their New York premieres at the festival which ran from 23 November – 9 December.
The award win completes an impressive end to the year for Anyiam-Osigwe who was 1 of 4 Black British directors to release a feature film theatrically in the United States in 2018 with ‘No Shade’.
She also became the 6th Black British female director in over a century to release a feature film theatrically in the UK with ‘No Shade’.
“I’m truly honoured to receive this award just 10 months after shooting the film,” said Mrs Anyiam-Osigwe. It’s a testament of the hard work which has gone into this and it gives me great encouragement going forward in my journey as a film director“.