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Free In Deed
Free In Deed

The 2017 British Urban Film Festival will feature over 30 film screenings plus 2 masterclasses, The Live Script Readings and the BUFF Awards ceremony, all hosted at the BT Tower from September 6 to 12.

The London premiere of Free In Deed will open this year’s 2017 British Urban Film Festival on Wednesday September 6th and will feature a live Q&A with actor David Harewood who stars in the lead role as a pastor with healing powers set in an American black church.

The following day, the festival will feature the London premiere of ‘A Landscape of Lies’ directed by Paul Knight with a cast including Marc Bannerman and TV presenter Andrea Mclean.

Also screening at the festival will be the London premiere of Chapter and Verse on Friday September 8th. The movie centers around a reformed gang leader from Harlem, played by Daniel Beaty, and also stars Omari Hardwick and Emmy award-winning actress Loretta Devine. Both Beaty and director Jamal Joseph (a former black panther) will feature in the Q&A.

The festival program will also feature the London premieres of Blue Hollywood, directed by Francesco Gabriele, hair documentary Back to Natural, and Stay Woke, a documentary from B.E.T about the Black Lives Matter movement.

On Saturday September 9,  Africa features heavily in the line-up with the documentary Black Stars of Highlife and African rom-com Potato Potahto, starring O.C Ukeje & Joselyn Dumas.

Other festival highlights include the 5th annual renewal of the Live Script Readings, hosted by actor Wil Johnson on Thursday September 7th; an acting masterclass with Ashley Walters on Monday, September 11th; and a Make-up masterclass with artist Joy Adenuga on Tuesday September 12th.

This years shorts include:

STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD – directed by Victor Richards

SEE YOU YESTERDAY – directed by Stefon Bristol

JOCELYN – directed by Rachel Wang and Mark Currie

CREAM – directed by Palesa Lebona

BLACKLAND – directed by John Sailsman

JUNIOR – directed by Pearl Gluck

STAY WOKE – directed by Laurens Grant

IN HUMANS WE TRUST – directed by Tim Kent

ADAM AND EVE – directed by Jermaine Wong

CATFORD JESUS – directed by Dan Jones and Chris Michael Fretwell

NEON – directed by Mark J Blackman

LEROY – directed by Marley Morrison

PARALLEL UNIVERSES – directed by `Liran Nathan

WHEN KIDS GROW UP -directed by Shahaub Roudbari

AMBER – directed by Andi Osho

THE DEAL – directed by Johann Myers and Mark Oliver

ART OF LOVE – directed by Quason Matthews

BROKEN – directed by Daniel Alexander

REMEMBERANCE DAY – directed by Rob Woods

HUM – directed by Stefano Nurra

PADLOCK MEN – directed by Lewis T Powell

DEIDRE – directed by Jo Southwell

WE LOVE MOSES – directed by Dionne Edwards

NEW NEIGHBOURS – directed by E.G Bailey

MORNING GLORY – directed by Robert Bertrand

5 X 5 – directed by Kate Herron

THIS IS MY STORY – directed by Vicki Kisner

BLOOM – directed by

ARCADE GIRL – directed by Tze Hao Wong

THE DATE – directed by John Dunn

Nominees for the 2017 BUFF Awards

Best Short FIlm

Cover Me, Hush, Signs of Silence, Lifeline

Blessing Anyiam-Osigwe Award for Best Actress

Pippa Nixon, Rosamund Pike, Jade Asha, Juanita Ingram

Best Actor

Dylan Duffus, David Oyelowo, David Gyasi, Ed Hayter

Best Film

A United Kingdom, The Intent, To Dream, Residential

Best Live Script: TBA

Best Female Emerging Talent

Isis Davis, Maia Watkins, Kate Lassman Long, Krystine Atti

Best Male Emerging Talent

Elijah Baker, Louis Chandler-Joseph, Aubrey Whyte, Freddie Thorp

BUFF Honorary Award: Ashley Walters

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