Having a wonderful time working with acclaimed director and RSC alumni Joseph Charles. The play, written by playwright Barry Reckord, formerly of Royal Court, is an incredible exposé of what life may have been like In 1830’s Jamaica set in a back drop of slavery. I’m enjoying playing Chloe immensely, the writing is beautiful and at times deeply poetic. I am myself half Jamaican and there have been so many historical discoveries for me within this process. The legend of Annie Palmer a ‘witch’ who lived in Jamaicas infamous Rose Hall, one of the biggest slavers plantations and what happened in and around the great house. It’s astonishing how Reckord has made observations that are still absolutely relevant today. Woven with legend is religion, relationships and above all survival. Showing 3 – 30th April at Chelsea Theatre
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So much fun shooting mo cap choreography sequence for award winning Director Kibwe Taveres. His previous short won at Sundance film festival and is heart wrenchingly beautiful as is this one. Without giving too much away it is a story of the human condition, or not so as it were, love and consumerism.
Filming took place at Andy Serkis’s (Gollam) Imaginarium Studio. It’s an incredible space and the process was really interesting. Thankfully they had a real time avatar for me to watch as I was performing so I could immediately reference my choreography in relation to how it looks as the character of the robot. State of the art CGI equipment was intrinsic in this working process. I’m hoping teleportation may well come soon 😉
Edit will be completed summer 2017 and hopefully appearing at South By South West Festival.
Really honoured to find out that C.T.R.L made the official selection for the BFI Film Festival. This year is the first year they have had a short film category, so even more momentous.
One thing I really loved as well as being selected for the festival is that we were also selected as part of the educational programme. So I spent a morning down at the BFI talking to young film makers about getting into the industry. The Q and A was organised by the BFI and it was a really fun morning watching some of the other specially selected films and hearing the process each film maker had made to create their work. The films were varied from sharply observed comedy to a deeply moving film about ‘casual racism’. It was incredible to hear what had inspired them and how they had employed their methods to create the films, finance them, shoot them and cast them. It’s always important to give back and the fledging film makers asked really interesting and thought provoking questions.
Got some great news 😊 A short film that I am acting and dancing in was nominated for best short and also best music in the British Independant Film Festival !! I play Sophie who is lead girl and love interest to Matt Banchieri’s brilliant Philip.
There was a red carpet and premiere at the Empire Cinema Leicaster Square! Unfortunately I couldn’t attend as I am still on tour shame as I love a red carpet!! (Who doesn’t!?)
It was a brilliant experience working with the very talented Mariana Conde (director) Damian Anyasi ( choreographer) and Matt Biancheri is amazing as my ‘anti’ love interest. The concept is genius, original and thought provoking.
The film has been doing great, being selected at over 22 festivals worldwide and winning at Cortisinanti Film Festival 2014, LA Femme International Film Festival 2014 and Garden State Film festival this year!!!! Result!