April is here, the blossoms are blooming and we are super excited to bring you this very special Film Club evening at Picturehouse in collaboration with the BFI Network!
In April’s Edition, we will be screening six short films by incredible award winning, up and coming filmmakers. You will be coming along to watch; Hard to Reach by Darryl Foster, Daddy’s Girl by Jessica Magaye, Folding Paul Sng, The Girls Room by Tracey Lopes, Don’t Forget by Mika Watkins and ZigZag by Lorraine Khamali.
Additionally, there will be thoroughly fascinating Q&A with our filmmakers where we will get to learn about what inspires them, their creative process and tips and tricks for navigating the industry.
Come and be entertained, inspired and take the opportunity to meet other members of the POCC Filmmaker community. You never know, your next colab might be chuckling in the cinema seat next to you!
Please arrive at 6:00pm, seating is at 6:15pm and our screenings start at 6:30pm. Join us for drinks and networking after the screening at the Picturehouse bar.
Tickets are limited so don’t miss out on a thoroughly fabulous evening
Discounted prices available for registered POCC members.
This event is supported by Picturehouse, Dark Matter and BFI Network
A little bit about April’s Filmmakers…
Darryl Foster is an award-winning writer/director of the debut short film, HARD TO REACH. Darryl developed Hard to Reach on the BFI Short Film Development Programme and then went on to secure BFI Network funding. He recently returned from taking Hard to Reach to the Oscar-qualifying Pan African Film Festival in LA, where it was officially selected. Hard to Reach has screened at 14 film festivals, including the BFI London Film Festival, and a handful of BAFTA and BIFA qualifying festivals where it received nominations for best director and best editing, with Darryl going on to win Best Male Actor and Best First-Time Director.
Jessica Magaye is a Writer/Director whose career began in 2019 with Eleven Film as an office runner on Sex Education. Since then, she has been in many writer’s rooms for TV shows as a writer/writing assistant before writing and directing her short film Daddy’s Girl with DBK Studios and Sky Studios which aired on Sky Arts in early 2022. She is in post production after 2nd unit directing a superhero series written and directed by Rapman for Netflix. She is currently writing a horror/thriller TV pilot and story bible.
Paul Sng is a bi-racial British Chinese filmmaker based in Edinburgh, Scotland whose work focuses on people who challenge the status quo. His work has been broadcast on television and screened internationally, and his feature film credits include DISPOSSESSION and POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHE (winner of BIFA 2021 Best Documentary, BIFA 2021 Raindance Discovery Award). He is a BAFTA Breakthrough 2022/23 artist.
Tracey Lopes is a writer and director based in London. Her first short documentary film Motherland was an official selection at BAFTA recognised Underwire Film Festival 2019, where it was nominated for a Best DirectingAward, and London Short Film Festival 2020. Motherland won the Best New Talent: Documentary award at the BFI Future Film Festival 2020. Following this Tracey wrote and directed The Girls’ Room a coming-of-age short film that takes place in the backdrop of 2000s inner city London. Set in the bedroom shared by three sisters in their teens, the film follows them over the course of a transformative year. Produced by Pulse Films and BFI, starring BAFTA Rising Star award winner Bukky Bakray. Tracey is passionate about bringing to light untold stories and unique perspectives to the screen.
Mika Watkins is a Welsh-Japanese writer who created and executive-produced the hit YouTube premium series Origin, an original sci-fi series. She has written an episode of Guillermo del Toro’s Netflix horror anthology series Cabinet Of Curiosities directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Alongside her own projects she has written on Carnival Films’ Sky 1 series, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and Kudos’ BBC1 period drama, Troy: Fall of a City. She has also been part of the writers’ room for NBC Universal’s Amazon series Hanna and Charlie Brooker’s Netflix series, Black Mirror.Mika is also directing her first short film Don't Forget with Birdflight Films and backing from SONY/Film4.
Lorraíne Khamali is a film director from Kenya and now based in London. Her work focuses on emotive storytelling and imagery fused with a nostalgic style that echo themes of love, self expression and escapism bringing forth the connections and familiarity between the characters and viewers. She draws her inspirations from personal experiences, cultural references and everyday life observations to create her narratives.