On Monday 28 October Director/Writer Amma Asante will be in North London at the Phoenix Cinema: the event is brought to you by The First Film Club. The TFFC deal in directorial debuts, showcasing films that kickstart careers. TFFC was created by a professional team of women working in the film industry, Hanna Flint (film critic and host), Natalie Gothelf (film producer) and Tolu Akisanya (film publicist).
They will be screening A Way Of Life, Asantes BAFTA award-winning 2005 debut, set in Wales, single teen mum Leigh-Anne (Stephanie James) becomes increasingly paranoid under the constant pressure of both social services and her daughter’s paternal grandmother (Brenda Blethyn) threatening to assume guardianship of her child, But Leigh-Anne’s environment – one of crime and poverty – is no place to raise a child, nor does she have the legitimate means to do so and when she fears that her Turkish neighbour is talking to social services, her destructive behaviour only increases. Director: Amma Asante Cast: Stephanie James, Brenda Blethyn, Michael Conway
Emerging writer/director Tracy Kiryango’s passion for deciphering people’s motives and encouraging vulnerability and openness is clear in this evocative short film. Racial tension, amplified by the Brixton riots in 1981, has sparked a much-needed dialogue between this interracial couple. Lyle is trying his best to avoid any sensitive topics, fearful that his lack knowledge will ruin their relationship, while Kahlea is trying her hardest to deepen their bond by bridging the gap between their two cultures.
Where: Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley When: Monday 28 October 6:45pm BOOK TICKETS