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Screens with short film 'Cracked Screen' (2016)
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Tapping into the legacy of coming-of-age teen dramas with an East London twist, experienced filmmaker Sarah Gavron enables a cast of raw, talented young performers to bring to life this tale of siblings trying to stay together among familial chaos.
Rising stars Bukky Bakray and Kosar Ali lead the way in this honest tale of a group of black, working-class schoolgirls from East London who are having fun while trying to hold things together. Rocks has been celebrated not only for its talented cast, but for the methods that director Sarah Gavron used, which highlight the collaborative nature of filmmaking. She was very much led by the cast in terms of the everyday vernacular and banter that the friends all share, the outcome being a deeply authentic-feeling piece, full of the warmth and love that adorns this wonderful love letter to female friendship and the family that we choose.
A young woman (Chantelle Levine) goes about her daily business, documenting every aspect of her life in an unremarkable way that is recognisable in modern life; until things take a sinister turn. Director Trim Lamba artfully examines what it really means to share everything online in this surprising and deeply shocking short film, all filmed on a phone via social media app Snapchat.
Trim Lamba | 2016 | United Kingdom | English | 8 min
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