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Attend our Race & Community Screening of Do The Right Thing + #Blacklivesmatter Panel Discussion

 

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Kush ‘Film Boutique’ – The UK’s No 1 Exhibition Platform for Urban Films
Presents a Special ‘Race & Community’ Film Screening Event
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Kush Films presents a special cinematic event focussing on race and community on Thursday 11th August.  Its 26 years since the release of Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed comedy/drama ‘Do The Right Thing’, we revisit this important film and its contentious racial storyline. Following the screening will be a special #BlackLivesMatter panel debate with invited guest speakers focusing on the relevance of Do The Right Thing today and how the BLM social movement can unite supporters in the US and UK and progressively move positively forward; bringing about tangible lasting change which better alters community relations with law enforcement and unites black communities both home and abroad economically.

Join us for networking and music in the bar prior to film.
Date: Thursday 11th Aug
Time: 7.30pm (music/networking in bar) for 8.30pm film start

Guest Panel: George Ruddock (Editor – The Voice Newspaper), Lee Jasper (Social Justice Activist), Temi Mwale (Founder 4Front Project), Kayza Rose (Blackoutlnd) & others attending representing Blacklivesmatter.

Hosted by: Livingston Gilchrist

Tickets: Early Bird Sale: just £6 up to 5th Aug & then thereafter £15 (students, OAP’s reduced prices)
Venue: Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent street, London, W1B 2UW

Bookings: www.regentstreetcinema.com / Tel: 0207 911 5050

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Spike Lee’s incendiary look at race relations in America, circa 1989, is so colourful and exuberant for its first three-quarters that you can almost forget the terrible confrontation that the movie inexorably builds toward. Do the Right Thing is a joyful, tumultuous masterpiece–maybe the best film ever made about race in America, revealing racial prejudices and stereotypes in all their guises and demonstrating how a deadly riot can erupt out of a series of small misunderstandings. Set on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the summer, the movie shows the whole spectrum of life in this neighbourhood and then leaves it up to us to decide if, in the end, anybody actually does the “right thing.”

Starring: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, John Turturro, Spike Lee, Giancarlo Esposito, Richard Edson, Ruby Dee, Bill Nunn, Paul Benjamin, Rosie Perez, Robin Harris, Frankie Faison, Frank Vincent, Steve White, Leonard L. Thomas, Samuel L. Jackson, Joie Lee, John Savage, Miguel Sandoval, Rick Aiello, Roger Guenveur Smith & Martin Lawrence.




More info: Kush Promotions & PR / Tel: 0203 070 3200 / email: info@kushfilms.com

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Go-Getters Film/TV Network is Back on Tues 2nd Aug

Hey Go-Getters

You Are Invited to the Next

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 On
Tuesday 2nd August 2016

7.00pm – 11.00pm

@ The Century Club (Private Members Club)
61-63 Shaftsbury Avenue, London, W1D 6LG

 

The evening will consist of a
selection of short film screenings from attending filmmakers; we will also talk
to them about their journey to completion success
(60 Mins).

Short Films:

  1. Collide
    (Ugonna Nwachukwu / 32 mins / 2015 / UK)
    Collide Movie Poster Template_22. Haven
    (Tim Porter / 6 mins / 2015 / UK)
    Haven_poster_final3. The Good Son
    (Tomisin Adepeju / 13 mins / 2015)
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    (Joao Filipe Manuel / 13 mins / 2015)
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Plus

A special talk with long-standing actor and filmmaker
Leon Herbert
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(best known for his independent film ‘Emotional Backgammon’ and roles in films such as David Fincher’s Alien 3BatmanSalome’s Last DanceScandalFierce CreaturesPoint of No ReturnThe Girl with the Hungry EyesLucinda’s Spell9 Dead Gay Guys and Dark Floors).


This will be followed by additional talk about the development of the network and following that there will be time to meet fellow attendee’s and networking until closing.

The last event proved very successful and fulfilling; and we hope to see you all back at the event again thus pushing forward the development of this network supporting BME Film/TV professionals.

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Join us for a night of #ShortFilms #Q&A #DevelopmentTalk #Networking & Drinks.

*The private members Century Club (a long established Soho media hub for professionals) has allowed us to use their venue and we would like them to continue to do so, therefore we need to support the bar so they also get some reward thus making them happy about letting us continue to develop this new network at the Century in the heart of London filmland.


For further info please contact:

Kush Films
E: info@kushfilms.com
Tel: 0203 070 3200 | E:
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The Intent Hits UK Screens & Available on ITunes 29 July

Written by Marlon Palmer
25.07.16

 

 

UK CRIME THRILLER THE INTENT TO BE RELEASED ACROSS UK CINEMAS FROM 29th JULY

This summer’s eagerly anticipated film stars some of the UK’s finest actors and rappers 

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UK, LONDON: 29TH JUNENicky Slimting Films and Purple Geko today announce their glossy British film, The Intent is set for a theatrical and multiplatform release on Friday 29th July. Written and produced by the award-winning Nicky Slimting Walker (It’ A Lot) and Femi Oyeniran (Kidulthood, Adulthood, Anuvahood, It’s A Lot), who also serves as director, The Intent tells the story of an undercover police officer assigned by Metropolitan Police unit, Trident to bring a notorious gang of robbers and drug traffickers to justice. As the officer becomes entangled in a web of gang culture and lies, will they have “The Intent” to abide by their oath to the force or succumb to the pressure and remain loyal to their crew?

Featuring a stellar cast of British talent, the film will be released in cinemas across the UK in association with Ourscreen, and on digital and home entertainment. To accompany the multiplatform launch, there will also be a motion picture soundtrack released simultaneously, featuring leading UK urban artists Ghetts, Rudekid, Ms. Banks, Big Tobz, Ruff Sqwad, Cadet and more. The soundtrack will be available on Friday 29th July to download online and purchase in stores nationwide.

The film sees Gunz, played by the critically-acclaimed Birmingham actor Dylan Duffus (1 Day and Line of Duty), thrust into a world of danger and excitement when he joins the TIC crew, led by the ruthless and notorious Hoodz, who is played by renowned UK grime artist and actor, Scorcher (Topboy). The crew, which also includes Mitch, played by Femi Oyeniran and D’Angel, played by Shone Romulus (Topboy), go from low-level weed peddling to full on armed robberies within a fortnight. As their newfound infamy affords them a glamorous life of guns, drugs and girls, they soon catch the unwanted attention of the police and a rival gang. To make matters worst they also have to deal with being infiltrated by an undercover police officer.

The film also features a number of leading UK artists, including successful hip hop duo, Krept and Konan, and champion of the streets, Fekky who is signed to Island Records. Other actors include Ashley Chin, (Law & Order: UK, Waking the Dead, Silent Witness, Casualty, Storm Damage), Jade Asha (Drake, AWOL) and Sarah Akokhia (Venus vs Mars, Hallows Eve).

Determined to break the mould of filmmaking, Nicky and Femi have partnered with UK based digital-social platform, Ourscreen – which aims to support the great work being done in cinema across the UK and enables film fans to control their local screens.

Director and Producer, Femi Oyeniran says: “We wanted to create a film that harked back to the American classics we grew up watching – Paid in Full, Juice, Belly and In Too Deep, films that starred the most popular rappers of their time. So we have been meticulous in putting every aspect of the film together from its conception to its release. From casting some of the best UK talent like Scorcher, Krept & Konan and Fekky, amongst others, to supplementing the film with a monumental soundtrack and music videos with leading artists such as Ghetts. We have also been working closely with new platform Ourscreen and believe that it is the future of cinema, especially for younger audiences as it gives them greater choice and flexibility over theatrical screenings.”

Writer and Producer, Nicky Slimting Walker says: “The Ourscreen model is a perfect way to make sure our film demographic are able to see it in their local cinema where it might not have been showing by setting up their own screening with friends and family. My hope is that The Intent will be the first in a long line of films that we plan to unleash to youth audiences with this platform.”

Actor, Scorcher adds: “It’s so exciting to see the film coming out after all the hard work we put into it. I’m really proud to just be apart of this.”

Director Femi Oyeniran Spoke to Kush and wanted to relay this information to other aspiring filmmakers:
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THE INTENTION behind THE INTENT


  1. We made this film because we wanted to make a film that was completely different to our first film, which is a comedy called IT’S A LOT, which is still available on Netflix. We didn’t want to be filmmakers that repeat the same film over and over again. As young filmmakers we want to explore different genres and this time we have chosen action thriller. Perhaps next time, it will be a rom-com.
  1. The film touches on myriad themes including religion, relationships, parenthood, policing as well as the more obvious themes.
  1. We wanted to create a film in the mould of 90s and early noughties classics, which featured rappers acting alongside actors and have gone on to be successful, such as Belly, Juice, In Too Deep and Paid in Full. We took elements of all those films to create this film. We were inspired by Hype Williams’ visual style as exemplified by Belly as well as the fact that he casted the biggest rappers of the day DMX and NAS in lead roles. Some elements of our story is inspired by Juice – such as the corner shop robbery and our lead character HOODZ is informed by Tupac’s BISHOP. The film follows the story of people who are reluctant to get into street life in the same way as Paid in Full. And ultimately, In Too Deep inspired us as we have a police officer who delves too deep like Omar Epps. These 90s/ early 00s classics inspired us to create this film.
  1. We wanted to create a platform that brought rappers (Krept n Konan/Fekky/Scorcher/DVS) and put them alongside up and coming UK actors Dylan Duffus, Ashley Chin, Shone Romulus, Sarah Akokhia etc.
  1. We wanted to create something independently from conception to realisation to distribution. Everything you see about the film is us; its funded by us and/or our friends.
  1. We wanted to inspire other filmmakers to have the confidence to make films – any type of film. If we can do it so can you.

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Buy the film from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/the-intent/id1131291379

Cinema Release Information:

A full list of the cinemas is available here: https://www.ourscreen.com/film/the-intent/

Additional cinemas to be added in August:

  • Vue Bristol
  • Vue Cardiff
  • Vue Stratford City
  • Vue Manchester Lowry
  • Vue Leeds The Light
  • Vue Wood Green
  • Vue Acton
  • Vue Star City Birmingham
  • Vue Croydon Grants
  • Vue Westfield
  • Vue Croydon
  • Vue Birmingham 

Kush Pays Tribute to The Greatest @ The Film Boutique 14 July

 

The UK’s No 1 Exhibition Platform of Urban Films the
‘Film Boutique’ Presents a Tribute to ‘The Greatest’

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Kush Films the UK’s No 1 exhibitor of urban films continues the current season of films with two great film nights at the Film Boutique and the Regent Street Cinema, London. We invite film fans to join us on Thursday 14th July (7.30pm / films: 8.30pm) for a special tribute to ‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali with a screening of the ® Oscar winning documentary ‘When We Were Kings’ featuring the Ali vs Foreman fight which is regarded as one of the greatest boxing upsets in history. This fantastic documentary also features the historic ‘Soul-Power’ music concert which was part of the build-up around the fight featuring iconic musicians such as ‘The Godfather’ James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba and others.

As a bonus patrons will not only get to relive this historic occasion they will also be entertained by the young actors of the North London based BAP theatre group with two short dramatic Ali tribute performances. There will also be poetry from the talented Nat Nye, this is a one-off event so don’t miss this fantastic tribute to the greatest iconic sportsman that ever lived Muhammad Ali.

Date: Thursday 14th July
Time: 7.30pm (networking in bar) for 8.30pm start
Tickets: £15 (students: £11)
Venue: Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent street, London, W1B 2UW

Bookings: www.regentstreetcinema.com
Tel: 0207 911 5050

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When We Were Kings (PG)
On October 30, 1974, perhaps the most famous heavyweight championship boxing match of all time took place in Kinshasa, Zaire: the “Rumble in the Jungle” between champion George Foreman and challenger Muhammad Ali. In historical footage and new interviews, this documentary explores the relationship between African-Americans and the African continent during the Black Power era in terms of both popular culture and international politics, including the brutality of then-dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

Zaire 74 Music concert: was a three-night-long music festival to hype the fight and took place on September 22–24, 1974 and included in Africa for the first time performances by; James Brown, Celia Cruz and the Fania All-Stars, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, The Spinners, Bill Withers, The Crusaders, and Manu Dibango as documented in the 2008 film ‘Soul Power’.

Director: Leon Gast
USA/1997 / 1hr 29 mins / PG

Featuring: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, James Brown, Spike Lee, B.B. King

Race the Jesse Owens story out Now & at Film Boutique 21 June

You can catch ‘Race’ in cinemas from the 3rd June and we have organised a special Kush screening at the Kush Film Boutique on Tuesday 21st June (see our ‘Events‘ page here for more details)

 

Altitude Film Entertainment Presents

CELEBRATING THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF JESSE OWENS BECOMING THE SURPRISE STAR OF THE BERLIN 1936 OLYMPICS

 

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STARRING STEPHAN JAMES, JASON SUDEIKIS AND JEREMY IRONS
RELEASES IN UK CINEMAS ON JUNE 3RD

Stephen Hopkins’ Race, which follows black athlete Jesse Owens’ meteoric rise to become a four-time Olympic gold medallist at the 1936 games in Nazi Germany, will release in UK cinemas on Friday, June 3rd.

In 1936 the Olympic Games were held in Berlin, Germany.  Organised by the ruling Nazi-Party, the games were intended to showcase Hitler’s vision of the supremacy of the Aryan race.  That Nazi dream was shattered by a black American athlete named Jesse Owens.

Race is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, a man that the New York Times called “the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history.”  Race is an enthralling film about courage, determination, friendship and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.

Directed and produced by Emmy Award-winner Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), Race stars Stephan James (Selma) as Jesse Owens and Jason Sudeikis (We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses) and also features Academy Award-winners Jeremy Irons and William Hurt as well as Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones). Made with the cooperation of the Jesse Owens Foundation as well as the Owens family, Race was written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel (Frankie & Alice).

Hamish Moseley, Altitude Film Entertainment’s Head of Distribution says, “We’re proud to be bringing Race and Jesse Owens’ incredible story to the UK. With the Rio Olympics just around the corner, and the 80th anniversary of Owens’ success, it couldn’t be a better time to celebrate such an icon on the big screen.”

See Race on Tues 21st June at the Kush Film Boutique @ Regent Street Cinema, London, W1B 2UW


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Brash Young Turks & Race @ The Film Boutique: June 2016

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I hope you have your tickets for the great line-up of films we have coming up in June at the UK’s No.1 and longest running exhibition platform of urban/black films.

This May we celebrated 18 years of leading the way in creating a platform for black filmmakers. Over the last 18 years we have worked on over 200+ films and organised marketing and PR campaigns for major film releases like: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Crash, Freedomland, Ong Bak, Red Tails, The Story of Lovers Rock, Ghett A’ Life, The Butler, Black Nativity, 12 Years A Slave, Half of a Yellow Sun, Starred Up, Fruitvale Station, The Maze Runner, Gone Too Far, Selma, Chris Rock’s Top Five and many other home entertainment titles.

Yep it was us, that set the path for others to follow in the field of film exhibition of urban/black films, but none other has done what we have done by moving into the mainstream and getting paid by mainstream films distributors to screen and market the very said films we choose to champion on our own at the outset of our long journey.

We all owe Kush CEO Marlon Palmer a debt of gratitude, for his vision and tenacity in realising this dream, a dream he still continues to fight for today; as not a lot has changed since 1998.

We could not have got where we are today without our supporters and we salute them for their long-standing support and the friendships we have built up over the years!

So right; what do we have for you in June, well we have a new British urban action-drama by filmmaker Naeem Mahmood and following the film ‘Race‘ which is the epic story of athletics NAEEM-MAHMOOD-DIRECTORlegend Jesse Owens who single-handedly slapped down the delusional dictator & mass-murderer Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympics (see here for more info on Race).

Make sure you get your tickets and come on down and support these great films with your ‘bum‘ on a seat at the lovely Regent Street Cinema, the heart of film land London.

Tickets to all screenings is £15 (students: £11)
BOOK HERE: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/brash-young-turks/

Also see here for trailers etc & more info:
http://www.kushfilms.com/events/the-kush-film-boutique-april-june-2016/


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June 2016 at the Kush Film Boutique

We present a special exclusive screening of the new hyper-stylized action-drama that appeals to all with the story revolving around a tale of friendship, love and adulthood.

Brash Young Turks which will be attended by the director Naeem Mahmood, writer Paul Danquah and stars Paul Chiedozie and Melissa Latouche.


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BOOK HERE: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/brash-young-turks/

Special Guest Performance by hot new artiste
Dere-Marie
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Our home for all screenings:
The Regent Street Cinema
309 Regent Street,
London, W1B 2UW
Tel: 0207 911 5050


 

 

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Kush Presents Short Film Showcase Heaven @ the Regent St Cinema

 

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We are pleased to be able to give back and organise this short film showcase supporting talented emerging indie filmmakers.

Join us for a fantastic night of  short films produced by
British filmmakers all carefully selected by us.

Book your tickets now and join us on the night in supporting the diverse rich wealth of talent emerging from our communities!

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WATCH TRAILERS HERE



Kush Presents
Short Film Showcase Heaven

Supporting
Emerging Indie Flmmakers

This event is all about
Get Your Film Out There!

  • Learn how to navigation the International Film Festival scene
  • Understand the process of acquiring exhibition/distribution opportunities for your film.
  • Find out how to employ PR/Marketing thus gaining great exposure for your film

Supported by a
Special Guest Industry Panel Q&A

Invited Guest Speakers: 

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(Miracle Communications / Industry Distribution Specialist)

RebekhaLouiseSmithRebekah Louise-Smith (Film Festival Doctor)

Kolton Lee (Writer/Director of Cherps and Freestyle)

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Taking place at the
Regent Street Cinema
309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW
www.RegentStreetCinema.com

Tickets: £15 (Students: £11)
Book Tickets Here:


Film programme:

It Still Hurts
UK / 13 mins, 55 / 2015

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Two teenagers facing incarceration confront their troubled past and uncertain future.
AIDEN (Kane Ogieva) 19, a troubled young man from South London is standing trial on a murder charge. Whilst awaiting his verdict in the dense court cell alongside his guiltless best friend BRIAN (Jermaine Cope), he reminisces about his dark childhood memories that he experienced at the hands of his abusive father.
The film relives some of the untold stories of our community. An emotional tale of Brotherhood, Violent crime, Child Abuse and how the nightmares of the past can come back to haunt one’s future
Starring: Kane Ogieva and Jermaine Cope
Featuring: Yinka Awoni, Ce-Jay Campbell and Alex Myers
Directed By Tim Porter | Written and Produced by Aysha Scott
DOP: Bradley Stearn | Edited By: Klavs Laivenieks
Sound Recordist: Michael Clayton Jr | AD: Arran Green

Family Reunion
UK / 10 mins, 28 / 2014

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A family drama of betrayal, secrets and lies. Will this betrayal remain hidden or will it be revealed and tear this loving family apart forever?
Cast: Clint Dyer, Karen Brydson, Trevor Laird, Kirsten Clark, Connie Hyde
Director David Kitchen | Producer Karen Bryson and David Kitchen
Stuart Graham (DOP) | David Kitchen (Scriptwriter) | Simon Brookes (Editing) | Antonis Tsoukatos (Sound Designer) | John Moore (Stills Photographer) | Pablo  Garcia Soriano (Colourist) | Toby Davies (Assistant Director) | Charlotte Walters (Camera Assistant) | Kirsty Abernathy (Camera Assistant) | Stuart Graham (Camera Operator)

Wasteman Diaries
UK / 30 mins / 2015

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Wasteman Diaries is about a guy called Nathan played by actor Nick D Sagar (Ill Manors) whose been released from jail & has lost everything he previously had. His house, money, friends & his mother. Unknown to them, he uses different women from one day to the next, just to keep a roof over his head until he’s back on his feet.
Cast: Nick D Sagar, Imogen Hudson, Kimberly Jaraj, Maria Kouka, Verona Rose, Oyinka Yusuff, Karis Weller & comedian Kojo.
Directed by Sheridan De Myers | Written by Kojo | Produced by Jazz Lintott

My Beautiful, White Skin
UK / 19 mins, 38 / 2015

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Bound by duties to care for her disabled Mother, Parita dreams of reaching Bollywood and her preternatural dancing ability proves she belongs there, although one thing holds her back – her skin colour. With the porcelain skin of her Bollywood idols serving as a constant reminder of her inadequacy, Parita strives to find a product that will lighten her skin in time to ensure her passage to stardom.
Cast: Ritu Arya – Parita, Natasha Atherton –Syeda, Rehka John-Cheriya – Mother, Javed Khan – Manoj
Crew: Stuart Gatt – Writer/Director/Producer | Sam Goldwater – Cinematographer | Kyle Rossiter – Editor | Louis Mander – Composer | Ewerton Rodrigo – Sound Designer

All Is Good
UK / 5 mins, 40 / 2016

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Craig has arranged to celebrate an anniversary with a group of friends at his house. As the celebrations come to an end and the alcohol runs dry, Craig reflects the on the occasion and whether there is cause for celebration at all. But all is good! Right?
Written & performed by Alexander Theo
Directed by: Lynette Linton supported in directing by Gino Ricardo Green & Daniel Bailey
Black Apron Entertainment Productions

Taking place at the
Regent Street Cinema
309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW
www.RegentStreetCinema.com

Tickets: £15 (Students: £11)
Book Tickets Here:

More info:
Tel: 0203 070 3200
Email: info@kushfilms.com

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BINO & FINO is Here: BUY Sensational New Children’s DVD Now!

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Kush Films is proud to be an exclusive distributor of the sensational, new fun-filled African children’s animation Bino & Fino.
BUY this fun-filled educational animation series NOW for your children, they will love it!
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We offer you this opportunity to purchase this lovely animated educational series as we are one of a few exclusive outlets in the UK, so be one of the first to acquire this loved DVD set Now!  (Please note we have limited stocks – Don’t Miss Out!)

 

Children are just going crazy for Bino & Fino & accompanying toys

Children have fun with exciting stories and learn about:

  • African History
  • Nigerian Culture
  • Eating healthy
  • Where electricity comes from
  • Why people recycle
  • Family

 

DVD 1 (£6.95)
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3 Episodes:

  1. Mama Mama’s Soup
    Bino and Fino have an adventure in the garden and learn about different ‘slimy’ animals such as frogs, snails and octopuses!
  1. Bino’s Cold
    Bino has a cold and Fino is not happy. She wants her brother to feel better. Fruits come to the rescue! Zeena the magic Butterfly teaches them that fruits help you stay well and healthy.
  1. A Big Birthday Party
    The 1st Bino and Fino episode.
    Bino and Fino are taught some African history by Mama Mama and Papa Papa.
    2010 saw the 50th year independence anniversaries of many African nations.
    This episode introduces the concept of colonialism and independence amongst African countries to children.Total Running Time: 35 mins

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DVD 2 (£9.95)
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5 Episodes:

1. The Mighty Wall Of Benin
Bino and Fino learn about the Great Walls of Benin of the Benin Kingdom.

2. Where Does Electricity Come From
One evening there is a blackout. Bino and Fino aren’t happy about it but it makes them wonder where electricity comes from.

3. Fino Loves Football
Fino has a dilemma. She wants to join the local football club but is told by the boys that girls don’t play football. But Fino doesn’t give up on here dream.

4. On To Timbuktu
Bino can’t find one of his books because he can’t remember where he left it. Mama Mama teaches the children to treasure their books and to take care of them. She tells them about the ancient manuscripts of Timbuktu. Zeena takes them back in time to see the ancient manuscripts.

5. Old To New, New to Old
Bino and Fino learn about recycling and the importance of saving the environment.

Total Running Time: 55 mins


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Miles Ahead – magnificent mooch through the wilderness years

Written by Peter Bradshaw
courtesy of www.theguardian.com
21.04.16

 

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There comes a time in the life of any creative artist, or maybe any ambitious careerist, when a wave of middle-aged tiredness brings an awful dilemma. Do you stop and give yourself a much-needed rest after which you will return stronger and fresher and more creative than ever? Or is surrendering to the tiredness a fatal mistake: an irreversible slide into ennui from which you will never return? Maybe submitting to inaction is a painful but necessary price to pay for the creative process – even if the creativity is at an end. Don Cheadle’s excellent movie about jazz musician Miles Davis places itself in the centre of just such a situation.

We find ourselves alongside Davis in his wilderness years, the burnout period of the mid to late 70s, when he was living as a virtual recluse in his New York apartment, not performing, living on advance payment cheques from Columbia Records that theoretically gave the company ownership of the private experimental recordings that Davis was supposedly working on. Davis spends his alone time nursing a serious case of mojo loss: brooding, painting, scowling, calling radio stations to complain about them playing the wrong Miles Davis records and hitting a boxer’s punchbag, shouting the rhythmic phrase: “Get itback!

This is a labour of requited love for Cheadle, a subject he clearly feels passionate about that responds to his touch. As well as directing, co-writing and even composing some music, Cheadle plays husky voiced, cantankerous Miles Davis himself. He is whip-thin, with dark glasses and hair grown out into a frizzily dysfunctional halo: drinking and doing coke, in constant pain from a hip disease and cultivating a poisonous paranoia about being exploited. Ewan McGregor plays Dave Brill, a (fictional) British journalist claiming to work for Rolling Stone, who doorsteps Davis and wheedles his way into his life, keen to churn out some gonzo reportage about Davis’s new Howard Hughes existence.

McGregor is arguably yet another example of the white partner that Hollywood requires of its African-American stars, but his character is a legitimate incarnation of white hangers-on; he is dramatically subservient in the right way and also an excellent comic foil. Dave’s Brit way of speaking confuses Davis (“I was off my tits last night!” “Your tits? What?”), but he grumpily lets Dave be his assistant and bag-carrier for an ongoing project: a war of words and much else with Columbia Records and with a certain creepy producer-manager – marvellously played by Michael Stuhlbarg – who misappropriates a precious reel of tape with Davis’s new stuff.

It’s a movie that refreshingly avoids the cliches of linear music biopics; what Cheadle does is keep us in the present day, which itself unfolds eventfully enough, as Dave seeks to get in Miles’s good books by furnishing him with some top-quality drugs, and so showing that he is a parasitic enabler who really isn’t going to help anyone but himself.

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But coolly, Cheadle takes us away from this present tense into flashbacks showing his former bebop existence; the sudden shortness of hair and conventional clothes denote the time shift very efficiently. He holds these flashbacks an audacious length of time, so they feel like an ongoing present, and so returning to the previous situation is a dizzying and disorientating flashforward. We see his unhappy relationship with his beautiful former wife, dancer Frances Taylor, intelligently played by Emayatzy Corinealdi. Davis demanded that she abandon her career to be an old-fashioned wife to him, and rewarded this sacrifice by treating her negligently, hitting her (though the movie perhaps fudges the details here) and fooling around with other women. So now he is on his own: a lonely man, swamped in regret.

Maybe there is one cliche, or near-cliche. Cranked up with rage, Davis makes a personal appearance in the sleek offices of Columbia Records and fires a gun at a terrified A&R guy who had presumed to remind Davis of his contractual obligations. Present in the room is a wannabe musician, played by Keith Stanfield, who was Snoop Dogg in the recent Straight Outta Compton, in which musicians also smashed up the recording company’s offices. Shooting up the smug suits’ fancy pad is a scene that will probably continue to feature in music biopics.

Loyally, gallantly, Cheadle insists on an important and positive outcome for this fallow time, marked though it is by bizarre and black-comic escapades. It is a mark of his generosity and his excellent performance that we’re rooting for Miles Davis’s comeback, too. This could be Don Cheadle’s finest hour.

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Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Jaz Sinclair Star in Thriller ‘When the Bough Breaks’

Written by By Tambay A. Obenson
Courtesy of Shadow and Act
13.4.16

 

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Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems has released the first trailer for the psychological thriller “When the Bough Breaks” (previously titled “The Surrogate”), directed by Jon Cassar (“24,” “The Kennedys”), from a screenplay penned by Jack Olsen and Karl Gajdusek.

Official synopsis reads: John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate – but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in Anna’s deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it’s too late.

“When the Bough Breaks” is produced by former New Line toppers, Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, and executive produced by Screen Gems’ Glenn Gainor.

Valerie Bleth Sharp is co-producer and Brian Dukes is associate producer.

A September 2016 USA release is eyed, although no exact date has been announced yet.

*Kush is not aware of a UK release date yet, but we are sure Sony will do the usual and release this quietly in the UK (as they usually do)

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