CINEAST is a digital short film programme produced by BBC Writersroom and B3 Media, which aims to support, develop and produce short films from the next wave of emerging writing, directing and acting talent from the UK’s East and Southeast Asian diaspora. Four digital shorts were commissioned earlier this year, and were showcased at industry preview events at BAFTA and Encounters Bristol International Film Festival, both in November 2011. Read more about the fillms below, and watch out for festival updates...
A black comedy which sees street-smart Dominic’s attempt at armed robbery in a convenience store come unstuck when he meets hardworking Jay, a suicidal taxi driver with nothing left to lose. Mutual contempt soon turns into a kind of understanding. Although this may not be life-saving for Jay, it may well be life-changing for Dominic.
Selina Lim - Writer
Selina Lim currently lives in Oxford where she works in educational publishing. She has maintained an interest in writing for much of her life, gaining a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in 1997. Since then she has continued to create short stories, poetry and comedy sketches in her spare time alongside full time jobs. Selina recently decided to put her years of 'research' on the sofa in front of the TV to good use and signed up to a screenwriting evening course. Painkiller is the first of Selina's creative endeavours to be commissioned, and hopefully is not the last!
Mustapha Kseibati – Director
Mustapha Kseibati studied Graphic Design at the London College of Printing, going on to complete a BA (Hons) in Multimedia Production at Reading College of Arts and Design. Soon after he started working at Channel U/AKA where he directed promos, stings and various content including 21 episodes of the Channel’s flagship urban music show called ‘The Ace and Invisible Show’ as well as ‘The Tim Westwood Show.’
In 2009 Mustapha won funding from B3 Media’s Blank Slate, part of the UK Film Council’s Digital Shorts Fund, to direct a short film he wrote and directed. 'Big Tingz' premiered at Bristol Encounters Short Film Festival in 2009 and was screened at the London Short Film Festival in 2010 as part of the UK Film Council's Digital Generation 'Best of Shorts' selection. It has also been selected as one of ten shorts showcased on the UK Film Council's 2009 'Life is Short' talent DVD featuring “Outstanding Short Films from emerging UK filmmakers.”
Mustapha has finished ‘Skateboards and Spandex’; a new UK Film Council/ B3 Media digital short film. Currently, Mustapha is developing his debut feature film and has just been selected for the premiere director scheme, Guiding Lights 2011. Mustapha is represented by Tally Garner at Curtis Brown.
A tragic-comic satire telling the tale of Lawrence Yang, a British born Chinese would be Shakespearean actor, and his travails with an industry that sees him only as “Oriental”.
Writer and Co-Director – Daniel York
As an actor has worked extensively in the theatre playing leading roles for Mu-lan Theatre Company, including Porcelain (winner of several London Fringe awards and transferring for a sell-out run at the Royal Court) and Sun Is Shining (two sell out runs in London and transferred off Broadway New York). He has also played leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Edinburgh Traverse, Manchester Library, Hampstead Theatre and The Gate, as well as appearing extensively in Singapore and touring the USA. He has also appeared in the feature films Rogue Trader (starring Ewen Macgregor & Anna Friel), Oscar winner Danny Boyle’s The Beach, the action film Doom, and the soon to be released Act Of Grace.
He has directed theatre on the London fringe and recently wrote and directed short film, Orient, starring Jennifer Lim (from Eli Roth’s cult horror classic Hostel), which has just been nominated for Best Comedy at the Limelight Film & Arts Awards.
3 MILE RADIUS
A dying Chinese man, JACK, returns to his estranged wife to ask permission to see his son for the last time. When his wife refuses, Jack has to resort to desperate measures…
Lab Ky Mo – Writer and Director
Art-college trained, Lab graduated from Central St. Martin’s College of Art in London with a degree in Fine Art, before winning the prestigious Carl Foreman Screenwriting Fellowship to California, in conjunction with Bafta.
After shooting award-winning short films in L.A., Hong Kong & the UK, he made his debut feature film - “NINE DEAD GAY GUYS”. The film starring Steven Berkoff, Michael Praed, and Vas Blackwood, was hailed by the Observer as “The most shocking film at the Cannes Film Festival” and reviewed by one Sunday Express critic as “the most outrageous and original British film of the year.” Having caused such a stir at Cannes, it then went on to win the Audience award at the Montreal International Comedy Film Festival as well as the Best Film award at Dublin L&G Film Festival, and has been released in both the UK and the US.
Most recently, Lab has been shooting and developing films in conjunction with B3 MEDIA through the UK FILM COUNCIL. His most recent film “MY DAD THE COMMUNIST” has been singled out by the UK Film Council as one of the standout short films of 2010; it has subsequently been picked up by the British Council for international distribution worldwide. It has also just won the Audience Award at the East London Film Festival.
When inbetween films, Lab hones his skills directing TV commercials. He has won two Golds at the Roses Advertising Awards with a risqué viral for Scruffs Workwear. This same viral clocked up over 2.5 million hits on youtube and proved to be an ultra successful campaign for the client. In addition, his MTV idents were short-listed for the “Best Branding” award in Promax UK. He has worked with agencies MTV Europe, WTCS, BankshogginsO’SheaFCB, DDB, Cheetham Bell JWT & Channel 4.
Kelly’s a fifteen year old, half East Asian sugar addict. She’s awkward, angry and directionless. All she knows is that she doesn’t want to be anything like her (white) mother. Kelly decides to change her life and go on a diet. Her neighbour’s a Southend Patriot who thinks Britain’s full up. Kelly can’t stop thinking about an East Asian man who works at the fairground (he reminds her of her absent father). Craving attention, Kelly sets out to seduce him.
In-Sook Chappell – Writer and Director
In-Sook was born in Seoul, but raised in England. She originally trained as a dancer at the Alvin Ailey School in New York, performing professionally in New York and London; sadly a back injury cut her dancing career short. As an actress she has worked at the National Theatre and is in numerous films. She started writing in-between acting jobs and her first play Downtown Dolls House was work-shopped at the National Theatre Studio. Her second play This Isn’t Romance won the prestigious Verity Bargate Award, enjoyed a sell out run at the Soho Theatre and received excellent reviews. She is currently working on two new stage plays, a play for BBC Radio 3, the Wire, and her first novel.