This debut feature film, written, choreographed and directed by its leading man, the black dancer Rodreguez King-Dorset, shows a creative dance artist in a desperate search for identity in a white-dominated country.
The film depicts the lives of two boys in England in the 1980s, one a newly arrived African, the other an Afro-Caribbean, and highlights the ethnic tensions between their respective groups. The young black Briton, Lewis, has to face scorn and misunderstanding from his father when he tries to become a professional dancer. Lewis has a close friendship with the African, Ramsey, and a rewarding relationship with an Afro-Caribbean girlfriend, Maudi. His African friend is imprisoned for a killing he was forced into in sheer self-defence, and this only adds to Lewis’s confusion. He sets out to create a solo dance, which embodies some of his emotions.
Finally he shows himself being questioned by an external examiner in the final stages of his thesis for a DPhil. He makes a spirited defence of his views to a sceptical examiner and the film shows in flashbacks some of what is going on in his head as he formally protests to his examiner.
- Type of film
- Running Time
- 64 mins
- Rodreguez King-Dorset 1st Feature
- Oris Egbunike
- Mikkel Buda Svak, Jim Bambrick
- Rodreguez King-Dorset
- Director of Photography
- Gerry Vasbenter, Sam Goldie
- Wayne Ellington
- Principal Cast
- Rodreguez King-Dorset, Naomi James, Andati Ajinzea, Troy John