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2015-16 Microwave slate

Running Out of Grime

About the film

Running Out of Grime is a fast paced urban comedy that follows the story of an aspiring rapper on his quest to become a successful artist.

Disillusioned with his grime collective ‘East’s Grimiest Finest’, Razor leaves to go in the search of music that he feels is a truer reflection of his own identity. However he quickly discovers that finding a solo platform comes with its own challenges. Frustrated with the fame of a talentless former crew member, and struggling to resist the growing pressure from his label, Razor is forced to choose between his musical integrity or selling out for fame.


Running Out of Grime parodies the many characters and egos that are found throughout the music industry, however beneath the humour is an empowering story advocating hard work, respect and the value of staying true to yourself.

From the director

"We're excited to bring the film's many characters to life with bold and stylistic cinematography. Comedy doesn't just come from the writing but also from how the film is put together on screen. We see the potential to make this a truly innovative piece of funny, British cinema that can appeal to audiences worldwide. It's a humorous and musical tour that everyone is invited on, no matter their background.

Amongst the humour are underlying positive messages, that will especially relate to the generation of young Londoners whose lives are portrayed in the film. This generation of youths are often depicted in a negative light with storylines that revolve around violence, drugs and crime. Whilst that side of life is not ignored, this is a much needed change that far from glamorises the negative aspects of these characters' lifestyles, but instead views them from a satirical perspective."

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Meet the team


Iain SimpsonDirector Iain Simpson

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Iain has directed music videos for the likes of Virgin EMI, Warner Music and MTA Records including highly successful videos for top 10 artists such as Lethal Bizzle. With combined YouTube views reaching over 5 million, he knows how to reach audiences. Comedy is no new avenue for him having directed a pilot for Fremantle Media and a 6-minute teaser for Running Out of Grime. Alongside music videos, Iain has directed commercials for brands such as Chevrolet and Coca-Cola and his production credits include Northern Ireland Screen short The Morrigan - official selection for Palm Springs International Shortest and Rhode Island International Film Festival. Iain is currently on the highly competitive Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival 'Ones To Watch' talent scheme.


Dwayne GumbsDirector and writer Dwayne Gumbs


Dwayne Gumbs is a writer and actor from East London. After a short spell at Anna Schers drama school, he became involved with local performing arts groups that enabled him to nurture his talents.  Having developed his skills alongside local artists he saw an importance and felt a responsibility towards inspiring others with a similar passion. In 2006 Dwayne achieved a joint BA hons in Drama with Film & TV studies from Brunel University.  He then co-founded Diverse Voices Entertainment, which uses performing arts in a wide range of community settings.  He has written, directed and acted in their live productions. Dwayne began writing the story in 2007, wanting to utilise the network of performers and creatives he had come into contact with as fellow students, colleagues and friends. He wanted to convey his experiences growing up and the exciting energy that was present.


Ben Turnbull Producer Benedict Turnbull


Benedict Turnbull received his first television credit as a Producer in his first year at Ravensbourne College. He worked at Academy-Award winning production company Bedlam Productions for producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin in 2012. His short film Loyal, a 17-minute drama shot on 35mm, was nominated for two BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards. His recent work includes The Morrigan, funded by Northern Ireland Screen, written and directed by Colum Eastwood, and The Treehouse, a short film funded by Creative England via the BFI.NETWORK, written and directed by Amy Coop. He is currently producing Candy Floss, an iShort Alumni film written and directed by Jed Hart.


Harri Kamalanathan Producer Harri Kamalanathan


Harri K is a Danish Sri-Lankan producer who co-founded HAUS Pictures, acts as the Head of Production and brings his background in producing live and pre-recorded content to HAUS' productions - taking low budgets and tripling the production value by bringing together the right crew, diligently organising logistics and the technical side of pulling together their films.



Alex Williams Producer Alex Williams


31-year-old Alex Williams is a social entrepreneur with experience as an actor, director and music manager. As well as having a passion for the performing arts he has always felt a responsibility to do what he can to better the lives of others. As an actor Alex has experience both on stage and screen, as well as gaining an understanding of the workings of a film set when filming for George Lucas Films - Red Tails. In 2008 Alex combined his passions for the arts and giving back by teaming up with Dwayne Gumbs to co-found Diverse Voices Entertainment, a performing arts in education company that works across London with mostly vulnerable and high risk young people. Gaining first-hand experience in the music industry as an artist manager, Alex went on to co-found Eminence Music Management, which is responsible for live music showcase 'Eminence London'. 


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