Black & White Duppy
A British-Jamaican teenager descends into his heart of darkness in a surreal coming of age horror exploring the impact of colonialism on immigrant family histories and inherited trauma.
Black & White Duppy
We follow 17-year-old Red, a painfully insecure skater, on the day of his grandmother’s funeral. He clashes with his mum and tries to navigate a cultural rift that he doesn’t fully understand. The quest for answers leads him to a horrifying manifestation of colonial evil and difficult truths about his own past.
Inspired by the new wave of African American magical realist cinema, the film is a blend of surrealism, drama and horror depicting a multi-generational British experience in a truly refreshing way because Black-British identity is unique. Often we identify with the ancestral homelands of our parents and grandparents, more than the country we were born in. It’s class, ethnicity and geography; and for Red it is a crisis. Adolescence is a desperate search for a sense of self. It’s confusing enough without being Black in a dead empire that refuses to acknowledge race. The most difficult conversations are always the most important.
This is a film about love, forgiveness and understanding. In the end, we are stronger together.
"Writing Red's story was a cathartic process and I hope it will connect with anyone who was a Red at some point in their lives."
Tom Blackman is a British-Jamaican filmmaker who aims to contribute towards a shift in British culture that truly reflects the diversity of Black-British people. His writing often touches on themes of culture and identity. Tom has honed his craft through a series of independently made shorts, the latest of which, Motherland (2020), has been officially selected for Cinemagic Belfast 2020, The London Short Film Festival 2021 and Manchester Lift Off 2021.
"I want to see Black British films of every genre and I believe that the best way to do that is to tell your story, your way. I want to make the kind of film that never existed when I was growing up."
Kate Shelley is a South London born producer who specialises in documentary and humanitarian work. As someone with her fingers in all the metaphorical vegan pies, Kate has a strong sense of structure, and is hoping her connections to local businesses and people in Brixton can bring a real sense of community to the film's production.
Emily Ong is a Malaysian filmmaker whose work is drawn to the dynamics in interpersonal and cultural identity. A writer and director herself, now specialising in cinematography, Emily is confident in her passion and hopes her work contributes to a creative community that champions the voice of the Minoritarian.
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