TV Collective

6.00 – 11.00 pm

The TV Collective a community interest company dedicated to promoting the creative and commercial value diversity adds primarily to the British TV and film industries; and is the first port of call first port of call for the latest industry news, debates, initiatives and opportunities for those passionate about the industry and who care about diversity.  

On the 6th September are programming – alongside groundbreaking experimental documentary Handsworth Songs – an evening of new work as part of the Portobello Film Festival for the public and an audience of invited film professionals as part of our mission to promote unheard voices.

Programme of films
on the night

(subject to change)

Handsworth Songs
(Experimental documentary – 60 minutes)
Handsworth Songs takes as its point of departure the civil disturbances of September and October 1985 in the Birmingham district of Handsworth and in the urban centres of London. Running throughout Handsworth Songs is the idea that the riots were the outcome of a protracted suppression by British society of black presence. Written and directed by John Akomfrah

Mr. Graham
(Drama – 14 minutes) A young man comes to terms with his inner demons. Written and directed by Julius Amedume 2010

(Animation – 4 minutes)
For generations, a family lived in a spacious, beautiful and generous house. The generosity of the house had become part of their life. Guests were always welcome to enjoy a pleasant stay. Until one guest arrived with a different plan in mind. Written and Directed by Ahmad Saleh

Mary and John 
(Drama – 6 minutes) 
After 50 years of marriage- Mary comes to terms with John who is a shadow of his former self. Written and directed by Julius Amedume 2009

You Can't Be Healed Unless You Feel
(Documentary – 7min)
A documentary short about a musician with asperger's syndrome. We get her thoughts about empathy, something she is not supposed to have, according to popular perception. Well, she is about to shatter that myth. Produced and Directed by Dolly Sen

Dylan's Room
(Drama – 20 minutes)
A mother finds solace in her son's deserted bedroom, rummaging through drawers, making discoveries and confronting the past. Written and directed by Layke Anderson 

Day Off
(Drama – 4 minutes) 
'Day Off' is a short film with a quirky comic edge. It focuses on Derek, an impulsive, enthusiastic man whose world is not quite what it seems. We meet him relaxing on a day off.
You may never look at breakfast in the same way again! Written and directed by: Henrietta Thomas

May Wong 
(Drama – 18 minutes)
Is an imaginary portrait of the dreams of Anna May Wong (1905-61), the first Chinese-American movie star. By the age of 9 she was missing school to go to beg for parts in film studios, despite the opposition of her father. The height of racism against Chinese in America under Hay's Code and Chinese Exclusion Acts formed a backdrop of Wong's tragic love life and frustrated film career. The toll of celebrity on her personal life manifested itself into depression, excessive smoking and drinking. Inspired by the factual aspects of Wong's life, the film is a series of dream sequence exploring Wong's subconscious of her childhood, sexuality and her complex about fame. Written and directed by Shan Ng

(Drama – 16 minutes)
Made as part of the Generation 3.0 project, which looks at how racism can be ended in a generation, this short film tells the story of Ash, a mixed-race girl from Old Trafford, Manchester, UK.
On a youth referral scheme, we see Ash travel to the iconic Salford Lads Club where she takes up boxing as a way of dealing with her troubled past.. Written and directed by Riffy Ahmed.

Riot From Wrong 
(documentary – 60min)
You may have heard about our youth led documentary Riot From Wrong. 14 passionate young people from areas stretching right across London; Peckham to Tottenham, Hackney to Enfield, Walthamstow to Camden and Paddington to Edmonton, form the talented youth media team at Fully Focused Community. 
On the 4th day of the largest case of mass civil unrest in modern British history, the team came together with a united sense of frustration and the urgent need to take positive action.
The much anticipated feature documentary, Riot From Wrong, is a result of this positive action. With over 60 interviews across London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool all led by the young team as well as the narration, research and a significant amount of the filming and editing, Riot From Wrong is a unique, deeper look at society through the eyes of its future generation. Produced by UKFullyFocused, Teddy Nygh

Erasing the Nuba
(Crowd Fund Pitch)
"The Arab Spring has taken the regimes of Mubarak, Gaddafi. If it worked with others, it can work for us also" - a Sudanese Activist.
For months the government of Sudan has been bombing the state of South Kordofan, forcing nearly half a million people to flee into caves and thousands into South Sudan as refugees.
This is the second time in two decades that they are a target of genocidal killings and they feel cheated by the world's silence.
Bowed but not broken, this is the story of resilience of a people. Produced by - Yoletta Nyange

Brothers With No Game
(crowd fund pitch)
Set in London, Brothers With No Game - The Web Series follows the social and romantic lives of four friends: Theo, Dorian, Junior and Marcus. Facing a ‘quarter-life crisis’, the 20-somethings come to terms with the responsibilities and dilemmas that revolve around work, family, friendships and most notably, women. Their distinctive personalities and ever-changing love lives are paralleled with a strong friendship and one evident, common, trait...they have no game.
The first episode of the series was released in July and received a great response from the public and the media support. In five days it accrued over 10,000 YouTube views (now at over 22,000), the cast and creators appeared on radio stations including Colourful Radio and BANG 103.6FM and the series was  featured in The Voice and in an article in The Guardian about television and diversity. In addition to this, the episode was hosted on a range of websites – from top UK entertainment blog That Grape Juice to the popular US entertainment site Bossip, which receives on average 2.7million unique visitors a month. Relationship expert Paul Carrick Brunson (who has a show on Oprah’s OWN TV station) gave it a co-sign and Jimmy Akingbola (BBC’s Holby City) also gave it a thumbs up.

All About The McKenzies
(Crowd Fund pitch) (tbc)
All About The McKenzies is a new Black British Family Sitcom produced, for the web with the intention of becoming an international TV show.
A day in the life of the McKenzies, your most unlikely family...Samuell McKenzie, 22, young father aspires to be an Hollywood superstar but is bogged down by his broken relationship with Annika Lewis 21, struggling to get access to his daughter he dosen’t let that stop him from following his dream. Our first series did extremely well with nearly 3,000,000 views online!

Robots Of Brixton 
(Animation – 6mins) (tbc)
Brixton has degenerated into a disregarded area inhabited by London's new robot workforce - robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks which humans are no longer inclined to do. The mechanical population of Brixton has rocketed, resulting in unplanned, cheap and quick additions to the skyline.
The film follows the trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment. When the Police invade the one space which the robots can call their own, the fierce and strained relationship between the two sides explodes into an outbreak of violence echoing that of 1981. Kibwe Tavares - Direction, animation, modeling, lighting, texturing.



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