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London Calling teams announced with most diverse slate yet

Date posted: 30.11.2017

We are proud to unveil our latest short film line-up, a 20-strong slate of docs, dramas and experimental forays representing the scheme’s most diverse group of filmmakers to date.

The London Calling scheme exists to champion and develop the city’s best new and emerging talent, offering the training, support and production funding they need to bring their stories to the big screen. Of the 20 projects selected for this latest slate, 12 of this year’s directors are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background and 10 are female.

The genre-straddling slate will explore a range of timely and compelling themes, including a non-binary coming-of-age story, rap battles in the contemporary grime scene, the mothers of British Isis fighters and mental health in the black community.

London Calling exists to identify new and emerging talent from across the capital keen to explore bold, creative themes and stories. In the past year, Wren Boys has been nominated for the Best British Short at this year’s BIFAs, while London Calling alumni Sarmad Masud’s debut feature, My Pure Land, was nominated for the BIFA Discovery Award and put forward for Oscar consideration. Elsewhere, the team behind White Riot: London have secured production funding for a feature-length iteration of their punk rock documentary.  

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “This is an exciting slate from a group of filmmakers whose work is sure to reflect and represent just how diverse and multifaceted our city is. London Calling is a landmark programme for London’s emerging filmmakers, providing them with the tools, training and funding they need to make their mark and bring fresh new stories to life. The scheme has set many of our alumni on course for international festival appearances and feature production, meaning there’s everything to play for over the next few months as our teams move from script to shoot.”

Meet the teams

The selected films and filmmaking teams are:

  • A Perfect Turn – Minha Kim (writer-director), George Telfer (producer), Archie Pearch (producer)
  • A Short Crossing – Emile Ebrahim Kelly (director), Adam Lane (writer), Erin Sayder (producer)
  • Alien Culture – Iesh Thapar (writer-director), Sarah Seulki Oh (producer)
  • Anemone – Amrou Al-Kadhi (writer-director), Savannah James-Bayly (producer)
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – Matthew Hopper (writer-director), Emily Vincent (producer), Ed Cripps (writer)
  • FlyNadira Amrani (writer-director)
  • Grapefruit – Thea Gajic (writer-director), Ben Turnbull (producer)
  • Hair Cut – Koby Adom (writer-director), Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor (producer)
  • Holding Space – Rebecca Kenyon (director), Phil Parker (producer), Rachael Swindale (producer)
  • Holy Beef – Dwayne Gumbs (writer-director), Iain Simpson (director), Ben Turnbull (producer)
  • Home Girl – Iman Qureshi (writer), Poonam Brah (director), Isabel Steuble-Johnson (producer)
  • Homecoming – Sami El-Hadi (writer) Josh Feder (director), Shelley Jones (producer)
  • Ilford Lane – Marilyn Friday (writer-producer), Niki Simone (director)
  • Isis Mums – Noemi Varga (writer-director), Rajita Shah (producer)
  • Jerk – Raine Allen-Miller (writer-director), Elly Camisa (producer)
  • Little Miss Sumo – Matt Kay (writer-director), Didi Mae Hand (producer), Andrew Carver (producer)
  • Mind-Reading Algorithms From Cambridge University Are Stealing Our Democracy! – Fred Grace (producer), Adem Ay (director)
  • Naptha – Moin Hussain (writer-director), Ali Mansuri (producer), Tom Kimberley (producer)
  • Night Out – Amelia Hashemi (writer-director), Harry Starkey-Midha (producer)
  • Sasha and Jo Are Getting Married – Pier Wilkie (writer-director), Jules Hussey (producer)

London Calling offers filmmaking teams a full package of training and support, along with production funding of up to £4,000. London Calling Plus offers the same unique training package, along with production funding of up to £15,000.

London Calling and London Calling Plus are funded by BFI NETWORK using National Lottery funding, Creative Skillset and London borough partners Lambeth, Redbridge, Southwark and Waltham Forest. The scheme is sponsored by Moneypenny, Performance Film and Media Insurance and Panalux.

See the full 2018 London Calling slate

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