Film London's annual short film scheme, London Calling, funds projects from some of the countries most exciting new talent. This year, three LFS graduates - Koby Adom, Sami El-Hadi, and Rachel Swindale have been included in this list.
"Previous shorts produced through London Calling include the Berlin Crystal Bear-winning Balcony, BAFTA-nominated Three Brothers, Riz Ahmed's directorial debut Daytimer, and Sundance, Tribeca and Berlin-selected White Riot: London" (Film London).
Koby Adom, the writer and director of Hair Cut and a recent graduate of the MA Filmmaking course explains Hair Cut's style and creative inspiration:
"Hair Cut is a film about a middle-aged barber who has to keep his shop calm when an desperate teenage drug dealer holds up the shop at gun point. This film will be told from an internalised angle like Steve McQueen's Shame, gently guiding the audience through this modern day afro-caribbean barber salon and going close to the tension between the experienced barber and the young drug dealer. The use of close ups will be implemented when focusing on fine details in the barber shop like the decor and different items typical in such a setting" (Adom).
(Koby Adom on far left)
While at London Film School Koby's graduation film, House Girl, was selected for 2017's London Short Film Festival. The story focuses on a British-Ghanaian woman that travels to her motherland of Ghana for the first time. He explained that working in all different departments while at LFS gave him the confidence in both his writing and directing.
The second grad to receive funding is screenwriter, Sami El-Hadi. Sami, who graduated from LFS's 2012 MA Screenwriting course, says he gained the practical tools and skills from the MA course to move forward with writing his own scripts, as well as, working in script development.
"In terms of my style/creative inspiration I'm interested in genre and using genre to subvert audiences expectations, but also grounded characterful stories (El-Hadi).
El-Hadi's short, Homecoming, which is about a young Muslim detained at an airport, was inspired by someone he grew up with. Since his graduation in 2012, Sami has interned with Raindance and has worked with Channel 4 and now Working Title in script development.
(Sami El-Hadi on far left)
Rachael Swindale, the final graduate to be selected for the shortlist is a 2011 MA Screenwriting alumna. She will be producing the short film Holding Space. The documentary, which is being directed by Rebecca Kenyon, will follow the role of an end of life doula whose work connects them to people on the threshould of life and death.
(Rachael Swindale on left)
We look forward to seeing the outcome of all three graduates' exciting new projects!