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UK actress Kyla Frye Premiere’s Her New Film on 4th Aug

Written by the boss Marlon Palmer
20.07.15

 

 Premiering at The Lyric Cinema, Lyric Hammersmith on 4th August 2015

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 Cocky young con-artists, Jenn (Kyla Frye) and George (Sam Benjamin) have been making all the right moves, breaking the law, and having fun doing it. But one night after making suspiciously light work of a heavy score, they find themselves crossing the line into dangerous territory…in more ways than one…

 

UK actress and colleague Kyla Frye has grown tired of waiting for the film industry to embrace diversity, offer better roles to black actors and produce films that tell a different story about black life.

We talk to Kyla and her co-star Sam about the Uk film industry and going it alone and makiing thier own glossy hollywood style short film.

Kush: Kyla what do you think about the current state of the UK film industry and the new BFI initiated effort to meet diversity quota’s?:

Kyla Frye “If Sam and I can cover several aspects of the ‘diversity debate’ just by being working class, a Black/Mixed Race woman from London and a White man from Merseyside, having written, produced and starring in our own film, what is the rest of the industry waiting for?!”

“90% of the roles I am called up for are for US TV and film and they’re great leading roles but in the UK, if I’m seen for anything, they tend to be stereotypical bit-parts. We’re losing home grown talent to the US, instead of investing, supporting and exporting it. ”

Co-star Sam Benjamin says: “Of course Idris can play Bond but let’s establish new British franchise characters… movies that reflect the melting pot of Britain in 2015.”

Kush: Your new film features some raunchy scenes, you and Sam are friends so how easy was it to do?

Kyla Frye “Filming a sex scene, through the night, in a honeymoon suite…yup, things got awkward.”

– Sam Benjamin “We’ve been friends for five years, so yeah, suddenly having to rip each other’s clothes off was…interesting.”

Kush: Kyla, what were you aiming to achieve in making this short film, especially as you had recently appeared in the Tom Cruise film ‘Edge of Tomorrow’?

– Kyla Frye “We’ve set out to prove that we could make something of Hollywood quality on a minimal budget.”  

– Sam Benjamin “Knowing my co-star was fresh out of being cast in a Tom Cruise movie, I knew I had to step up my game!”

– Kyla Frye “When we had a rest between takes, I caught Sam talking to himself in character…off camera. He didn’t know he was being watched through the peephole on the hotel door!”

– Sam Benjamin “We named the main characters after George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez…we were so inspired by their intense, electric relationship in ‘Out of Sight’.”

Kyla Frye

Kyla Frye

Written, produced and starring Kyla Frye (‘Edge of Tomorrow’ with Tom Cruise, BBC Three’s ‘West10 LDN’ and critically acclaimed documentary, ‘The Key’) and Sam Benjamin (BBC’s ‘The Crimson Field’, CBBC’s ‘Old Jack’s Boat’ with Bernard Cribbins and Sky 1’s ‘Little Crackers’ with John Bishop). Directed by Sam Bradford and shot on RED (cameras used for Hollywood movies like Skyfall, Avengers and The Hobbit) with Praxima Film (who produced the Will.I.Am Lexus Commercial), DOUBLE CROSS is an eight minute crime caper about two con artists who bite off more than they can chew.

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Star profile – Kyla Frye

written by Lee Pinkerton
02/06/14

 

 

It’s an exciting time to be a Black British actor.  Just ask 27 year old actress Kyla Frye.  She’s  justkyla frye won a role in the new Tom Cruise movie.  But Kyla is not joining the flight of Black Brit talent and moving to the States  – no Ms Frye is determined to make it work over here.

Kyla has showbusiness in her DNA – her dad was part of vocal group and her mum was a model, and she herself made her small screen debut aged just two years old.

“I’ve always seen myself on stage,” says Frye when she recently spoke to Kush. “I instantly felt comfortable with it – I never considered doing anything else.”

But before she got seriously into acting she also tried her hand at dance and modelling, joining street dance troupes Boy Blue Entertainment and Estate of the Arts while still in her teens, and was part of the UK Urban Fashion Awards catwalk team.

I enjoyed modelling, but its not my passion,” admits Kyla. “ I love film, I love theatre, I love acting.”

After joining Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Youth Theatre and Identity Drama School and Agency, Kyla won roles in in a series of productions at Soho Theatre including Noel Clarke’s, The Play and also featured in comedian Angie Le Mar’s play, Younger Brothers.

“Working with Angie was something I’d wanted to do since I was at Stratford Theatre Royal and I saw Funny Black Women on The Edge.  I was so inspired.  Working with her was a dream come true.”

Screen roles followed, landing the supporting lead role of Tawanda in Noel Clarke’s BBC Three drama West 10 LDN, Sheila Nortley’s Zion and her first feature film, The Naked Poet. But her biggest break has come this year in the shape of the latest Tom Cruise blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow.

kyle in edge of tomorrowThe epic action unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.  Filmed at the Warner Brothers studio in Neasden, Kyla plays a British United Defence Force soldier and though she doesn’t appear with Mr Cruise on screen, she did get to meet him between takes.

“He was so lovely. The first time I heard his voice I almost cried.”

But after her little taste of Hollywood, Ms Frye is not planning to up sticks and move to the States just yet.  In 2013, Kyla set up her own production company, Fryeday Entertainment LTD. and released her filmmaking debut, The Key – one of the most watched of all the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) shows on BBC iPlayer.

“What it takes to make it in the entertainment industry isn’t written down,” Kyla explains of her motivation for making the short documentary.  “No-one knows how to get to the top, there is no guidebook. Often we find ourselves just sitting and waiting for our agent to call. I was frustrated being in that position.  I thought if I wanted to see myself on the screen I would have to write and direct myself – I had to be the change that I wanted to see.”

“Here in the UK for such a long time Black British talent has been overlooked and under-rated.  But with the way that the US celebrates talent regardless where it comes from, we’re starting to realise that we have talent here.  Both the US and the UK are starting to recognise.  If we continue to see Black faces on our TVs, regardless if it’s on a US show, it will make ripples over here.  It’s such an exciting time right now. I’ve auditioned for several films this year with a multi-ethnic cast.  But it’s time to stop talking about it and start doing it for ourselves.”

And Ms Frye is doing just that, with two Fryeday projects in the pipeline, one which she is writing and producing, and one which she is writing, producing and starring in.

“One thing I want to do is to inspire the next generation – if you work hard there are no limitations.  Work hard and never give up.”

Lee Pinkerton

watch the trailer for Edge of Tomorrow here