The BFI London Film Festival has released its lineup for its second Works-in-Progress showcase, including a documentary about Hong Kong’s strict national security laws and a TV narrative feature starring Sir Lenny Henry and Malachi Kirby (pictured above).
The showcase will be held October 9th.
It consists of a recently completed or production / post-production audio-visual project from emerging British talent for cinema, television and immersive platforms.
Visitors will include international buyers, festival programmers and, through a secure digital platform, other industry professionals.
Talent selected for the workshop, in collaboration with the British Council and BFI LFF, will have the opportunity to network with players from various industries such as buyers, commissioners, producers and programmers through a number of initiatives, including new receptions. Talent and a producer’s lunch.
2021 marks the second year of the workshop. Among last year’s projects were Marley Morrison’s “Sweetheart” and Malachi Smith’s “The Score”.
In addition to workshops, this year’s LFF Buyers and Sellers event will return in person, enabling international sales agents to interact with UK buyers, and on the network @ LFF, which will provide events and masterclasses for the UK’s 12-strongest group-based writers, directors and producers.
Tricia Tuttle, director of the BFI London Film Festival, said in a statement: “The involvement of the international industry with LFF has been growing over the past five years and we are looking forward to showcasing some impressive emerging talent in the UK at this moment.” .
“It is very important that UK independent filmmakers and ongoing film creators connect with peers around the world for co-investment and distribution, but also for creative prosperity. And we look forward to sharing these diverse and vibrant new projects and their talented creators with our invited industry, both personally and in online showcases. ”
This year’s work progress display features:
– Hong Kong Mixtape (Documentary): Director Sun Sun F. Young is ready to document how creators, including rappers, dancers and painters, are documenting the new strict national security law.
Dir / scr San San F Young, prod Nikki Parrott.
– Medusa Deluxe (Descriptive Features): A competitive hairdressing contest sets the scene for a murder mystery.
Dir / scr Thomas Hardiman, prodes Mike Elliott, Louise Palmkvist Hansen and Lee Groombridge, Anita-Joy Woozeh, Claire Perkins, Darrell D’Silva, Debris Stevenson, Harriet Webb, Kaye Alexander, Kayla Alexier, Kayla Michael, Kayla Michael Ali.
– Pretty red dress (Descriptive Features): A competitive hairdressing contest sets the scene for a murder mystery.
Dir / scr Dionne Edwards, prod Georgia Goggin, starring Natey Jones, Alexandra Burke, Temilola Olatunbosun.
– Consensus Gentium (XR Project): An interactive film about Big Tech fully experienced on mobile devices.
Dir / scr Karen Palmer, prod Tuyết Van Huỳnh, starring Miriam Teak-Lee, Zachary Hing, Tolu Kingba, Sorcha Farnan, Keon-Martial Phillip, Dean Christie.
– Mosaic (XR Project): Young people with roots in Southwest Asia and North Africa tell their stories in this art-based archive film project.
Dirs Eleanor Nawal and Layla Madanat, prod Sarah Hamed
– Answer all points (Documentary): An Exploration of Yorkshire’s Art and Immigrant Landscape.
Dir Glenn Milner, Prods Ben Hilton, Glenn Milner.
– My name is Leon (TV descriptive feature): A mixed-race boy in the 180’s navigates foster care against the backdrop of Birmingham’s ethnic riots.
Dir Lynette Linton, scr Shola Amoo, prod Carol Harding, starring Cole Martin, Monica Dolan, Malachi Kirby, Olivia Williams, Lenny Henry, Poppy Lee Friar, Shobna Gulati, Christopher Eccleston.