A young black weed dealer, struggling with his sexuality finds companionship and intimacy in one of his customers, but is their bond strong enough to free them from themselves?
The Writer's Story
Sanctuary is a story of a nuanced relationship that blossoms within a safe space created by two unlikely characters. They go on a journey of self-discovery and self-love, together; giving birth to the possibility of romance. This film explores the intersectionality and the conflicting personal identities that can come with growing up black and queer. Posing strong questions--can internalised homophobia be unlearnt? How does coming out relate to liberation? Is love enough to overcome society's legacy of gay shame?
The Director's Vision
What deeply moves me about Sanctuary is the structure of the story and how the characters move through it. The way a budding relationship is delivered via one location, the car. Which isn’t the most sensual or interesting of places to forge any kind of love or romance. Making for a wonderful challenge in audio and visual storytelling as well as providing an interesting limitation to play with. It’s Brokeback Mountain in a micro-cosism. The same way that film critiqued a culture of masculinity in a place and a time, is exactly what Sanctuary does too. We want to subvert stereotypes about young black men in Britain, especially drug dealers or more specifically, the pseudo-masculinity of crime itself. To undo these notions with genuine sensuality and texture in every aspect of the cinematic experience itself. The film has lonely notes which remind us of Moonlight but much of what makes the characters so tender is the expressions of love and proximity between them, which remind me of films like Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Brokeback Mountain, In The Mood for Love, Happy Together and The Wedding Banquet.
I want to make a sensual piece of British cinema concerning the corners of London we so often see portrayed in the certain light that has become contrived and mythic.
The Production's Synergy
Our Cast and Production Team is filled of talented people, dedicated and passionate about the story.
The Public's Contribution
Friendship, love, longing, and identity--matters that affect us all.
Help us tell this story.
Having been in development since February 2021, Sanctuary will be shooting over three days in early May. Once filming and post-production is complete, it will be going to international film festivals and will be exhibited online next year, with the aim of reaching a wide audience.
The film’s budget is partly funded by the BFI Network Short Film Fund. As a result, our crowdfunding goal is £6,000. Your contribution will ensure that the wonderful production and post team are paid, location and kit is hired, and the production process is made just a bit smoother...all so we can tell a story about what it means to find the hidden parts of yourself.