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BlackBoyJoyGone & Displaced Trailer
(film screening and discussion)
11th May 2022 @ Streatham Space Project, London
Currently developing a number of daring feature and short film projects.
This year will be the release of the inspiring BFI Doc Society funded hybrid documentary #BlackBoyJoyGone
Creating beautiful, imaginative images that honour universal truths.
(Running time 25min)
#BlackBoyJoyGone (#BBJG) is a BFI Doc Society funded hybrid documentary by and for black men on mental health, sexual trauma and finding strength through brotherhood. Directed by Ashley Karrell & Isaac Ouro-Gnao blending interviews, poetry, dance and storytelling, it captures the lives, realities, and the hopeful perspectives of men in the North, the Midlands and London in the United Kingdom. The individual and collective accounts inform the narratives with the addition of layers of imagery, poetry, and dance.
The dance sequences draw from Hip Hop, Popping, Waving, and West African & western Contemporary techniques. Working collaboratively with mental health organisations and individuals in the UK, including Mind charity, The Survivors Trust and Black mental health professionals, this project has reached out far and wide, to amplify the voices of Black men who are often marginalised and underrepresented in accessing support and wellbeing services.
The title ties in with the celebration of Black men through the Black boy joy motif. It is a play on how we’re never ‘too far gone’ if we seek the right help. Our film highlights the important yet untold experiences of Black men. It reveals genuine, heartfelt stories within the wider Black Lives Matter conversation to show solidarity and, to bring attention to lived experiences and healing wounds.
(Running time 40min)
Displaced is the cinematic reimagining of Akeim Toussaint Buck’s one-man dance theatre show: ‘Windows of Displacement’. Co-Directed and Produced by Ashley Karrell, the film continues the exploration of themes such as: displacement, race, culture and imperialism. Focussing more on the African Diaspora via the settings of the inner-city community. Taking aspects of the live work and re-contextualising them in real-life spaces that support in amplifying this feeling of displacement. Giving the viewer a fraction of the feeling of being displaced people. Visually captivating with striking imagery and virtuoso dance, ‘Displaced’ takes the viewer on a journey calling for reflection and global change.
Daisy Daisy – feature film in development
A black, insomniac carer with unrealised psychic abilities moves into a mansion to care for the dementia suffering owner, triggering supernatural events which force the carer to confront tragedies past and present.
Lovers of ghost stories and modern, non-exploitative horror films. While a story for adults, the script is written as a 12A – it does not shy away from exploring serious themes and delivering high stakes drama, only without bad language, sexual content, extreme violence and gore.