Gracie

 

Genre: Short fiction drama 

Synopsis: 

With dementia taking a hold, an ageing Jamaican lady dwells on sad incidents from her past, until her grandson recreates a happier present for her.

About the artist: 

Matthew is an award-winning 22 year old writer and director from London.

He began his career in acting, with credits including Cuffs (Tiger Aspect/BBC1Love, Nina (See Saw Films/BBC1) and Wasted (Angel Eye Media/E4) as well as theatre credits including Our Town (Almeida Theatre). He is represented by Curtis Brown as an Actor.

His most recent short film Gracie was funded by IdeasTap and B3 Media (in association with BFI and Arts Council England) and starred Angela Wynter (Wondrous Oblivion, Eastenders), Kate Dickie (The Witch, Game of Thrones) and Rakie Ayola (Dredd, Now Is Good), and has been selected for various international festivals and won Best Film at Fresh Faced Film Festival and Leeds Young Film Festival. In December 2015, Gracie recieved its UK premiere at BAFTA.

In 2013, he was selected for the National Theatre’s New Views Young Writer’s programme, and in 2014, took part in B3 Media’s TalentLab programme (led by Professor Ken Dancyger of Tisch University), getting through to the third phase, and receiving production funding.

In 2015, he received funding from Creative Skillset to attend EICAR International Film School in Paris to write his debut feature film Grit + Sass, a coming of age comedy-drama, which is now in development with Mini Productions.

B3 Talentlab is a bespoke talent development programme aimed at Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) artists and filmmakers, run in collaboration with Skillset.  Talentlab offers writers and directors a unique opportunity to re-assess their professional practice, refine their skills, and gain the confidence and contacts to push their careers and projects to the next level.  We sought 24 individuals with short, feature-length, multimedia fiction, documentary or animation ideas to participate in a series of development labs in June 2014. From this lab, 12 projects were selected for further exploration and then these six projects were taken forward for extended development.  This is an eclectic cohort of storytellers with distinctive voices and track records in visual and digital arts, film, theatre and TV.

TV Broadcast:

London Live

 

Non- Festival Screenings:

S.O.U.L at BFI

The Forum London at Rye Wax

New York Film Screenings

British Society of Cinematographers 

Awards:

Best Film at Fresh Faced Film Festival

Best Film at Leeds Young Film Festival

Best Actress at Solo Para Cortos

Festivals:

Cannes Film Festival Court Métrage

Official Selection Underwire Film Festival (Nominated Best Actress) 
Official Selection BFI Future Film Festival

Official Selection Fresh Faced Film Festival

Official Selection Leeds Young Film Festival

Official Selection Solo Para Cortos 

Official Selection San Francisco Black Film Festival

Official Selection Roxbury International Film Festival

Official Selection TriForce Film Festival (screened at BAFTA)

Official Selection Aruba Film Festival

Official Selection Indieflicks Manchester

Official Selection Regina International Film Festival (Nominated- Best Actress in a Short Film)

Official Selection Västerås Film Festival