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SUMMER SALE – Film Boutique Membership – GRAB IT NOW!

Kush ‘Film Boutique’ Membership
Summer Sale Now On!

 

We have great new for you!

This year we are celebrating 20 years of creating a platform for black filmmakers and public access to the best in mainstream and independent black films!

To be able to sustain the work we do and hopefully carry on for many more years to come; we need forward-thinking commitment from our wider film-fan community and regular patrons so we are asking everyone to help us build and improve our services to you our supporters by taking out Membership.

To encourage everyone further we are having a big SUMMER SALE and have reduced the price of membership – Annual ‘Single’ Membership now is only £100 (£15 off the normal annual price, working out at roughly £8.33 for 12 annual screenings per year / non-members pay £15 per screening – that’s a whooping saving of over £6.50 per screening)

Check out all the benefits of taking out our ‘Film Boutique’ Membership whilst watching the best films first in a great atmosphere at the UK’s No 1 black film club.

Members even get a FREE DRINK on entry at each screening throughout their membership. Membership is also very cost-effectively, saving you over a whooping £60 per year on the normal admission price of £15 per screening if you are a non-member.

Get ready to start enjoying the best black/urban film releases whilst enjoying your special membership benefits!

Also as a member get to hear about all the latest film releases and our Film Boutique events in advance then you can book & reserve seats first. Events happen monthly currently at the Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, Lon, W1B 2UW with other new venues to come. We hope to see you at future event which generally take place on a Thursday evening (next event 26th July).

 

 

 

 

 

Kush Film Boutique annual Membership.

Single Membership: £115 £100
Joint Membership: £195  £180

(Joint membership is strictly for married partners and couples who will attend together only)

Enjoy These Special Benefits:

  • Save money (up to 35% annually)
  • Exclusive Film Boutique Membership Card
  • No queuing & allowed into screen first (Just show membership card)
  • Free glass of wine/beer or soft drink at the bar
  • Advance notice of all screenings
  • Able to reserve your favourite seats in advance
  • Bring along a guest (Your guest pays only £12 instead of £15)
  • Occasional sponsored gifts /competition goodies for members only
  • Discounted tickets at other select (but not all) non Film Boutique Kush events elsewhere

SIGN-UP HERE
www.membermojo.co.uk/kushfilms


 

#Windrush70 Full Programme

 

Kush Films
is Proud to Present

#Windrush70…

Streets Paved With Gold

A special 70th Year Windrush Anniversary Film Screening Event remembering the history of migration from the Caribbean and the continuing story of present day migration and how this has transformed England and the rest of Europe!

Presenting a programme of powerful short films reflecting the Windrush era and also present day migration and the troubling stories of migrant enslavement in Libya. This will be supported by a memorable live Streets Paved With Gold theatrical performance by Leicester actor Victor Richards all commemorating the ‘Windrush’ generation and the powerful story of mass-migration with an emphasis on those that first arrived from the Caribbean;  70 years ago on the ship Empire Windrush.

Tickets: £12 (Discount for OAPs, Unemployed and Students)
Date: Saturday 9th June
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm (programme Start: 1.30pm)
Venue: Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, London, W1B 2UW
Book Tickets Here: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/windrush70/


Event Highlights: 

Film: Sorry We Don’t Help Darkies


A Caribbean family living in London’s Notting Hill during the tension and violence that led to the 1958 race riots, where black homes where targeted and smashed, comes to a brutal realisation that life in post war Britain is far from the ‘Mother Country’ that would welcome them with open arms as they had been told to get them aboard the ‘Empire Windrush’ boat to help England rebuild after World War II…

Starring Richard Campbell, Michelle Greenidge, Jemima Ojona, Kai Francis-Lewis & Cameron Palmer Charles.
Writer/Director: Travis Watson / 2013 /10 mins


Performance: Streets Paved With Gold

 

1. We are pleased to present a special live 20 min theatrical performance by much-liked Leicester actor Victor Richards telling the imagined story of one man’s plight as a member of the arriving Windrush Generation entitled Streets Paved With Gold. 

2. There will also be an award-winning Streets Paved With Gold music/poetry video by Victor played at the start of the evening as part of the event program.

More info on Victor Richards and his Windrush poetry, book and one-man play. 
www.vjaytheatre.net 



 

Film: The Dead Sea

An award-winning short film inspired by a true story from the recent Refugee Crisis. (It wasn’t too long after this film was made that worldwide news agencies reported migrants been enslaved in Libya).

The story follows Emmanuel and Olu who, after almost reaching Europe by boat, are returned to Libya and incarcerated in one of its infamous migrant detention centres. 

THE DEAD SEA is the latest film from writer/director Stuart Gatt and stars Sope Dirisu (Humans, The Huntsman: Winter’s War), Joan Iyiola (Denial, A Season in the Congo) and Yasen Atour (Mission Impossible, Rogue Nation). Its affiliated charities are Medecins Sans Frontieres and Human Rights at Sea.
Producer: Kate Glover
UK / 2016 / 15 mins 

 




Film: Memories in Mind

Four Women from Jamaica recall, candidly, stark memories of their migration to Britain in the 50’s. A cricketer’s wife, a budding concert pianist and two young brides all made a journey which changed their lives irrevocably.

Lyrical storytelling is interspersed with dramatic recreations of their experiences.

Participants: Connie Mark, Maxine M Franklin, Merlin Walker, Hyacinth Thompson.
Written/Director/Composer: Shirley J Thompson
UK / 1992 / 22 mins





FULL PROGRAMME:

  1. STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD(Windrush music video – 5 mins)
  2. Victor Richards presents.. STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD (live performance – 20 mins)
  3. Windrush STORIES Dr Angelina Osbourne/Windrush Foundation (Guest talk 3 mins)
  4. MEMORIES IN MIND(Windrush documentary by Shirley J Thompson – 22 mins)
  5. Windrush STORIES Sir Geoff Palmer (Guest talk 3 mins)
  6. SORRY WE DON’T HELP DARKIES (Windrush generation short film -10 mins) & Q&A (3 min)
  7. Windrush STORIES – Human Right Activist Maxi Hayles (Guest talk 3 mins)
  8. THE DEAD SEA (short film – 15 mins)
  9. Followed by Q&A/Panel Discussion (45 mins)

Invited Guest Speakers & After-film Panel Discussion:
At the end of the evening there will be a Windrush panel discussion hosted by former Hackney Council Councillor, writer and Windrush activist Patrick Vernon OBE, where we plan to discuss the legacy of the Windrush Generation and of course the ongoing government Windrush deportation scandal.

Guest Speakers confirmed:  Sir Geoff Palmer, Patrick Vernon OBE, Dr Angeline Osbourne (Windrush Foundation), Maxi Hayles (Human Rights Activist), actor Richard Campbell + other invited guests.

Full Programme: 2 hr, 20 min

 

For More Info:
Kush Promotions & PR
+ 44 (0) 203 070 3200 or + 44 (0)7961 977 749
E: info@kushfilms.com

www.kushfilms.com

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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

Supported by:
Colourfulradio.com, Blaksox.com, BlackOutLDN.co.uk, voice-online.co.uk, thebritishblacklist.co.uk

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)
    The Good Son Laurels4. Valerie
    (Joao Filipe Manuel / 13 mins / 2015)
    Valerie

Click Here for more info on films


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:
info@kushfilms.com
www.kushfilms.com

Event Manager: Job With Kush Films

 

Hiring
Event Manager Needed

 

 

Kush Film Boutique: Events Manager
Kush Films the leading exhibitor of urban films in the UK is looking for a young enthusiastic and articulate Events Manager that will take full responsibility for and implement the monthly management of our renowned film club the Kush Film Boutique.

The Kush Film Boutique is the UK’s longest running and No 1 platform for the exhibition showcase of new mainstream and independent films with an emphasis of supporting disadvantaged minority filmmakers.  The Film Boutique currently happens monthly at the Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW (near Oxford Street Tube) (usually on a Thursday evening from 7.30pm – 11.00pm, but future one-off dates can be change by cinema).

There could also be an expansion of screening events to other cinemas or you could be involved in premiere screenings linked to marketing campaigns that we organised on behalf of distributors/producers.

This is a voluntary position with all expenses covered. After a 6-month trial the situation will be reviewed and this could well lead to a remuneration package covering hours spent managing event.
Please note profits are limited on this monthly event and profits are ploughed back into the event to continue development and to continue supporting urban filmmakers. Supporting disadvantaged filmmakers and helping to establish new talent is the NO 1 priority here.

Event Manager Attributes:
So you must have a passion for film & the creative arts, care about supporting others & giving back and be determined about making a difference through community leadership.
You must also be able to take instruction & interpret that in an effective manner, think on your feet, handle immediate pressure and make quick decisive decisions, not be afraid of public speaking as you may need to take to stage sometimes, handle other support staff in a positive pro-active manner, be people-friendly and not get overwhelmed or starry-eyed by stars/celebrities.

Hours Required: (Day of Event) 6.30pm – 11.00pm
Month prior to event: Meet up once or twice for 2 hours to visit venue & chat about event details (once experienced meet up only once per month – rest of time talk/plan on phone or Skype).

There is a set format for each event which has been part of the film club for many years, so everything is already in place but always open to new creative ideas and changes.

FB Events comprise of:

  • Networking and Music/Drinks in bar (sometimes live DJ/Bands etc)
  • Introductions and welcomes
  • Trailers (we select for new films we are supporting)
  • 1x Short film
  • Main feature film (or selection of short films – if we have a short film programme)
  • Q&A or Panel Discussion
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Other elements: Master Classes / Live artiste performances that link into theme of film (singers, rappers, comedians, poets etc)

This is a great opportunity for the right person to hone their event management skills whilst learning on the job, gaining a greater understanding of how the film/TV industries work especially the fields of exhibition and distribution, meet recognised actors and film/TV industry peers, develop great new contacts whilst at the same time been rewarded with the knowledge that through your hard work; you are making a difference and giving great support to urban films and minority filmmakers at the UK’s most renowned & respected exhibition platform for urban films.

We are sure other opportunities will also arise for you through the people you meet on a monthly basis and just through been involved with Kush Films.

Our aim is to support others who are passionate, dedicated and determined by pushing them up to greater heights on our shoulders!

For further details, Please send an email with CV & covering letter as to why you think you are right for the vacancy to: info@kushfilms.com
Tel: 0203 070 3200 / 07961 977 749

 

 

 

The Kush Film Boutique 2015 (Overview of screenings)

23 December 2015

 

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It’s the end of another year and it has been a satisfying one and we were able to accomplish one of our special goals in relaunching our film club the renowned Kush ‘Film Boutique’. The film club was ended in 2013 after 15 years of fantastic film screening events. It is the UK’s longest running urban film club which has created a platform for black filmmakers since 1998.

Originally known as The Kush Film Club, it was and still is the UK’s première exhibition platform where patrons were the first to enjoy première & exclusive film screenings for films like: The Players Club, Eye’s Bayor, Rush Hour, The Hurricane, Ghost Dog, Belly, The Best Man, The Brothers, Baby Boy, Romeo Must Die, Shaft, Me, Myself & Irene, Love & Basketball, Down To Earth, Roll Bounce, Bullet Boy, Ray, Coach Carter, Beauty Shop, Four Brothers, Hustle & Flow, Better Mus’ Come, Baggage Claim and too many others to mention right now (of course you can read the full list here biog here).

We would like to thank everyone that supported the September 2015 relaunch of the Kush ‘Film Boutique’. As stated in our publicity we wanted to place a special emphasis this time around on screening films that matter – films that focus on social injustice, community development along with other important global matters all with the aim of making a difference.

We screened two important films this year 3½ Half Minutes, 10 Bullets and Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution and the support was fantastic and really, really appreciated by the staff here at Kush. It made it all worthwhile and we most definitely realised (once again) how important the film club was; and how much it was needed and appreciated by you the public.

We would like to THANK all those that turned out for our last special Film Boutique “Revolution” themed event showcasing the acclaimed documentary film ‘Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution’ by master documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson. This event happened on the 17th November 2015 and all took hold of the revolutionary theme wholeheartedly and all came dressed to impress as revolutionaries for the night (berries, afro’s, leather jackets, gloves etc)

It truly was one of the best screenings Kush has organised for quite some time, the atmosphere was tremendous and powerful, it was a great turnout and the sense of comradeship was invigorating.

Watch the video highlights here:

Also if you attended and haven’t seen the pics yet here they are: https://www.dropbox.com/sc/4occp6yr43ckqdi/AACAeItUPKINBrRWl9oZ-HFTa

you can also get high resolution versions of yourself for quality printing from our photographer Sean ‘Love’ Jones at Photolab. Enquiries: Info@kushfilms.com

Also watch the video highlights from our powerful Film Boutique screening and panel debate on 28th September for the harrowing documentary film 3½ Half Minutes, 10 Bullets about the 2012 murder of young Jordan Davis and subsequent trial in Florida, USA.


Have a great Christmas, Kwaanza or just straight Happy Holidays – see you on the other side!
2016 here we come!!

Marlon Palmer
Director

One Love!

 

 

2015 A Good Year – Happy Hols/New Year From Marlon Palmer (Kush Director)

Marlon Palmer
Director
18.12.15

 

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Greetings and salutations (Friends, Fans, Associates & Film Lovers),

It’s December (once again, LOL!) and almost time to end this year and bring in another New Year. Well after we have stuffed our faces, drank more than we can handle and immersed ourselves with family we both love and hate – well it’s got to be done!

This year from a film standpoint of view has been good, starting off with the January release of the much-talked about Selma and then Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’ in May; two films we worked on. Paramount Pictures actually hired Kush Promotions & PR to market Top Five in 7 cities of the UK and allowed us to manage the budget. To allow us to manage the budget and nationwide-wide campaign was a justification of the 17 years of hard work and determination I have put in developing this business. After May PR work kind of dried up for us as the next big urban releases were from distributors who appear to have an issue with me/Kush; LOL! It appears I have told off the Head of International Marketing at both Sony Pictures and Universal over the years and I have not been forgiven TopFivePoster_smll(daam, I only told them the truth about their poor marketing of particular urban film) well seems like i’m “Blacklisted” – so be it – I will always speak my mind and tell the truth if some don’t like it, so be it! Was upset though, that we missed out on hip-hop films Dope and Straight Outta Compton; Sony & Universal film releases respectively.

Anyway the break away from Film-Marketing/PR was a Godsend (it was needed) as it allowed me to get back fully-focussed on the wide-ranging development of Kush Media. Something I wasn’t truly able to do for two straight years from October 2013 – May 2015 as Kush Promotions & PR became the go-to Specialist Independent PR Company marketing all black films month-after-month here in the UK (shhh! The remuneration was nice though). We also got to work on films like ‘Starred Up’ starring Jack O’Connell and The Maze Runner.

The breakaway allowed me to re-assess things and from that the ‘Kush Film Boutique’ was relaunched and in all that I do (even though it can be hard work) these days; I get the most satisfaction out of seeing the joy, dismay, shock, horror and amazement on patrons faces at our screenings – the wonders of film!

PR/Marketing work paid Kush well, and I strived hard to get to that position and be paid well but during the Top Five campaign earlier this year I realised that I wasn’t enjoying the work, it wasn’t why I started Kush Promotions back in 1998 and sitting in my office managing people (especially some of the difficult people I had to manage across the UK) became all so ‘Soulless’.

I had lost the joy of what I was doing daily and to wrap this part up – I believe in life to truly be successful you have to be fulfilling your life’s purpose and embracing daily the joy of all that you offer – once you lose that joy it’s time to reassess!

Anyway it’s going to be a very exciting end to the year with the massive impending release this week of Star Wars: The Force Awakens starring local Peckham Lad John Boyega whom we star-wars-force-awakens-posthankfully had time to meet whilst managing PR/Marketing for the film “Half A Yellow Sun” last year.

Straight away from speaking to John I knew he would be a star he was so down to earth, well-spoken and assured in his manner – definitely a star in the making and I said so at the time.

I can’t wait to see how well he exudes his persona off the big screen as the character ‘Finn’ in this massive blockbuster film; I’m sure he has done a fine job otherwise we would have heard already especially with all the earlier ignorant social media commotion about a “Black Stormtrooper”.

I won’t even go into that foolishness as it will bring down the tone of my newsletter and inveigle me into talking about dumb people from another galaxy!

Congratulations to rising star John Boyega and all the other British actors in the film (Daisy Ridley), and as a Star Wars fan it’s also great to see the old stars back; Harrison Ford as Hans Solo, Mark

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Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and of course Chewbacca.

As you may have guessed I’m a sci-fi nut and love all films that expand our psyche to places unknown in the big ole galaxy. Bring on Superman vs Batman, Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad, Star Trek Beyond (with Idris Elba) and daam give me Black Panther now!!

Don’t forget get your tickets for ‘The Force Awakens’ this weekend! I’ve Got Mine

Wishing you all a fantastic Christmas, a blessed Kwaanza and a harmonious Eid plus a totally great New Year.

Keep Believing and doing!
Marlon Palmer

Marlon’s blog – 15th Aug 2014

15.08.14

Hello, Hello, Hello,
Yes it’s me Marlon Palmer CEO of Kush Promotions & the Kush Media Group of companies, how are you my friends, supporters & colleagues – I pray life is good and all is well in your lives!

It’s been a while since I last communicated directly with you – so apologies; it looks like this will also be one of the last times I personally write to you! Other new staff members will take over the task of giving you all the latest film news and the inner-goings on at Kush.  Over the years I have enjoyed communicating with you and your responses have empowered, re-energised and inspired me to continue the good fight with the industry creating a platform for black films.

Wow; right now there is so much going on in the film world for black & so called ‘urban’ films. It’s already been a bumper year so far and the last half of the year looks very exciting also for fans of black/urban films. One of our subscribers Mr. Mo Ali (hope you’re reading) has a new British film coming out entitled “Montana” starring amongst others Ashley Walters, which will be the ‘Closing Night Film’ at the BUFF Film Festival, a British Urban Film Festival which Kush is supporting and starts from the 4th September – look out for Montana on general release later this year.

I’m excited even though distributors like Sony Pictures & Universal with their releases Think Like A Man Too & Get On Up (James Brown biopic) have turned their noses up at our marketing services and long-standing influential relationship with the black film loving community – the real sad thing about that for me is the fact some of the major distributors are reluctant to spend money with little ole black led companies like ours but they sure expect the black community on mass to march to the cinema and fill their distribution company coffers at the box office.

Should we as a community always support their films without them actually putting anything back into our communities, well if we didn’t it could obviously harm the release of black films in this country as it has in recent years, but should it always be a give, give relationship with these major international corporations? Shouldn’t they and major cinema chains give something other than films back to the local community where they make their money from annually? Wouldn’t we see their films anyway with the wide access available these days; what do you think?

Many of you know me ‘a bit of a trouble-maker me’ and as many will know Kush is always in the mix somewhere and we will also be bringing to you a new British comedy black film called “GONE TOO FAR” (above) due for release 10th October 2014 and directed by rising star Destiny Ekaragha and written by Bola Agbaje. This film is really aimed at a youthful audience and deals with racial stereotypes in a comedic fashion re-imagined by our present day young people. This film is released by Verve Pictures the same distributor that supported the successful release of community smash-hit The Story Of Lovers Rock.

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When Peckham teenager Yemi meets his long-lost Nigerian brother Iku for the first time, his estranged sibling’s African heritage and unimpressive fashion sense soon start to endanger Yemi’s street cred, particularly when trying to impress local troublemaking temptress Armani.

Adolescent angst and cultural tensions erupt in this razor-sharp comedy from a team of vibrant new British talents, adapted from Bola Agbaje’s Olivier Award-winning play which premièred at the Royal Court and directed by Destiny Ekaragha director of award winning short Tight Jeans.

Starring: Malachi Kirby, O.C. Ukeje, Shanika Warren-Markland, Adelayo Adedayo, Golda John, Tosin Cole, Miles McDonald, Eddie Kadi, KG Tha Comedian & Bhasker Patel.

IN CINEMAS 10th OCTOBER 2014It’s Another Kush Promotion!

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Before we get into the latest film and event news I am going to personally and directly communicate with you our fantastic supporters as I have done over the last 16 years, so all new subscribers please excuse this month’s long newsletter.

PERSONAL TALK!
After a mad (but good) last 9-months in “Black Film Heaven” I basically was forced to take some time out recently – time for self!

With all the excellent black films flooding through Hollywood and elsewhere – I have been engaged in work overload, now I am trying my best to not make it sound like I am complaining (I ain’t), was very happy actually after a number of barren years for major black films; but after 9-months of back-to-back film marketing work with my team I woke up one morning back in May this year and realised I couldn’t walk freely it was like my lower back was fused & locked into my hips – then after walking around painfully for about 20 minutes, it would just dissipate by itself and I was able to walk normally like nothing was wrong – it was like that every morning for around 6-weeks, but in reality I knew it was caused by years of muscle tension caused by working long stressful hours and a lack of exercise.

This is what happens when you ignore your body and what it is trying to tell you; well my body has been trying to tell me things for a long time now after been sat on my derrière 12-14 hours per day, 4-5 days per week for the last 16 years, trying hard to bring about new opportunities for black filmmakers.

Many of us are getting older and need to take better care of ourselves and even put ourselves first a good deal of the time which is difficult to do when you are running your own business and passionate about what you do. But there comes a time when a lack of fitness & good health walks up to you and slaps you in the face with a great wake-up-call!

Anyway after seeing a sports massage therapist and enduring some dam serious massage pain (my previous massages were lovely occasions performed by gentle female hands, LOL!) things are now much better but still an ongoing issue when I try to get on the computer and do any long periods of typing, I now even stand-up whilst working on the computer.   Repetitive Strain Injury is now a serious ailment for many office workers and this has made me realise I need to spend time sorting myself out and getting back to a level of fitness and manageable stress-free work, so I am now letting others take over the day-to-day activities while I manage things from upstairs in the executive office. (Sounds nice eh! Richard Branson, I wish, LOL!)

I thought I would relay this message with the intention of encouraging or even inspiring someone reading this message to also take action because there are most likely some of you out there that are also facing a stressful daily work environment, health issues and not looking after yourself properly.


Please my friends; TAKE TIME FOR SELF!
You and your life is most important and no business can be successful with the owner in ill health or not fit enough to stand the daily pace – if you work for someone else, then how can you also function fully and make the money you need to cover your bills if you are not able to work the way you need to or at all!

I have had this series of quotations on my wall for years and every now and again I look at it – now time to live it fully!

My YOUNG (ish) colleagues reading this – please also take heed and take care of yourselves now whilst you have your health and strength – things can change quickly!

Make Time:

Make Time To Think, It’s The Root Of Your Power.
Make Time To Read Because It Is The Foundation Of Your Wisdom.
Make Time To Play Because It Is The Secret Of Staying Young.
Make Time To Be Quite Because It Is Your Chance To Find God.
Make Time To Be Aware Because It’s Your Opportunity To Help Others.
Make Time To Laugh Because It Is The Music Of Your Soul.
Make Time To Love And Be Loved Because It’s God’s Greatest Gift.
Make Time To Dream And Vision Because That Is What The Future Is Made Up Of.
Make Time To Be Friendly Because It Is The Road To Happiness.
Make Time To Pray Because It Is The Greatest Power On Earth. 

Make Time For Health For It Is the Engine of Progress.
MAKE TIME!

Life is an adventure; which is a daily time elapsing journey, and time waits for no man, so do your very best to embrace & enjoy each and every single day!

Wishing you the very best

See ya!
Marlon ‘Kush’ Palmer

 

We’re Looking For New Writers


ARE YOU A FILM JUNKIE WHO’D LOVE TO SEE YOUR OPINIONS IN PRINT?

film critic

 Do you fancy yourself as the next Barry Norman or Mark Kermode ?

Well if so Kush, the UK’s leading independent urban film promotion company, would like to hear from YOU.

We are looking to expand our team of writers, to contribute copy for our website.

No formal experience is needed – just great writing skills, a knowledge and enthusiasm for movies, the ability to attend film screenings in central London in the day or during early evenings along with other film related events (like festivals) in central London.

So Can You Produce Engaging Copy & Would Like To Gain A Career in The UK Film Industry?

If this sounds like you please send your CV and some samples of articles you have previously written –
especially any old reviews of your favourite films.
mailto: info@kushfilms.com

Good luck! We look forward to hearing from you.

Tel: + 44 (0) 203 070 3200 / + 44 (0) 7961 977 749