The Ballad Of Olive Morris is an exciting and important new short film project from award winning writer/director Alex Kayode-Kay (The Solution). The film is based on an incident in the life of Olive Morris that took place in 1969 in Brixton. Morris was a prominent civil rights activist and member of the British Black Panther Party in the 1960’s and 1970’s, who founded several activist and political organisations herself, and travelled as far afield as China and Algeria to further her causes, whether it was fighting for racial equality, women’s rights, housing rights or against police brutality. Olive Morris died at age 27 from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, leaving behind an impressive legacy in activism.
Working with Alex on this team to bring this remarkable story to the screen is BAFTA nominated producer Rami Pantoja (producer of Lucky Break, nominated for Best British Short Film at the BAFTA’s for 2021), acclaimed Cinematographer Nathalie Pitters, one of the few high level black women cinematographers in the UK, who has shot videos for artists such as Dizee Rascal and Ellie Goulding, and also the recent experimental short film The Four Temperaments, starring two-time Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett. Production Design will be by Rana Fadavi, who has done design work for Fox Digital, HBO, Issey Miyake among many others. The production manager will be Gaby Lafor, who is a production co-ordinator at ITN, is also currently producing the next film by Amani Simpson, “Save Me”. Storyboards are by Cong Nguyen.
The Ballad Of Olive Morris is currently crowdfunding to raise the budget for the film, so this team can tell this story about this remarkable black British icon. To support this project and make a pledge, please visit the crowdfunding page at Greenlit at this link: