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#Windrush70 Full Programme

 

Kush Films
is Proud to Present

#Windrush70…

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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

Join us for a Special Xmas Film Boutique Films & Party

Also see our Event Page Here for full details including list of all films.

Get Your Tickets Here Now before They Sell Out: BUY

Date: Friday 16th December 2016
Time: 7:30pm – 10.00pm: Films/Q&A’s / 10.00pm – 2.00am: Party

Tickets: £20 (inc free glass of wine/beer & goodie-bag)
£15 (Early bird price – get tkts early by Fri 2nd Dec 2017)
£7
(limited amount of discounted tkts for young attendees of Go-Getters Film/TV Network – from Kush directly) 

Venue: Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW
Online Bookings: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/superbad/
Tel:  0207 911 5050

 

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Live Performances by:

Ryan Green

&
Everis 

Bio’s:

Ryan Green – the UK’s freshest talent
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Ryan Green bio: Ryan Green is a lavishly talented 19-year-old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Essex, who first came to prominence on BBC1’s ‘The Voice UK’. First time round the judges didn’t turn for him, but immediately regretted their decision and in series 4 he grabbed his chance with several stunning performances and made it through to the knockout rounds with Team Rita Ora and Team will.i.am.

But ‘The Voice’ isn’t where it begins and ends for this soulful R&B balladeer. Ryan, described by many as the young Justin Timberlake, has been gigging live from a young age, performing a mix of original material and covers, and has performed to warm reviews at such iconic venues as London’s The Jazz Cafe, BBC Broadcasting House and the Cafe de Paris, as well Liverpool’s Cavern Club.

And to further underline his pedigree, like other fine musical artists — including Adele and Amy Winehouse — Ryan has completed 2 years at the prestigious Brit School, where he honed his song-writing and producing skills.

http://www.ryangreenmusic.co.uk/
@Ryangreenmusic

 

Forthcoming gigs:
Busk in London, London rail stations
Justin Bieber, O2 Priority Lounge
Winter Wonderland, Derby
The Bedford

Releases:
Cutting a track with Sammy Sam, Enemy Radio
Debut single launches December 2016

To book Ryan, contact Sherine at ibrandU Music, t: 020 8123 0889, email: music@brandultd.com
Sherine Whittle: 07595 414697


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As a vocalist Everis has been called upon to use his voice in many different ways to achieve results for various projects around the world. Being a singer/vocalist Everis has also been called upon to do voice over’s for radio, TV and film trailers recently adding Rapping to his list, rapping on a Latin American TV ad for “Te Listo” a new beverage.

Everis’s live performance talents has lead him to support acts such as “The Jones Girls” first ever British tour opening at the Dominion Theatre London, the front man for JTQ (the James Taylor Quartet) and has also appeared on the same bill as Jocelyn Brown, Kym Mazelle, Mica Paris Gabrielle, Sir Cliff Richard, Don‑e, Kenny Thomas, Omar and many others over the years.

www.everispelliusmusic.com

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

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


 

 

Kush Films
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Tel: 0203 070 3200
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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!

#SupportingIndiefilmmakers

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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

Sponsored by Media Partner:
www.colourfulradio.com

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The Kush Film Boutique Video Highlights 2016

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Watch all the video highlights from our 2016 ‘Film Boutique’ Film Club Event.

The Film Boutique happens each month at the plush Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW.

Join us for the best in indie and mainstream films, Celebrity guests, Fellow filmmakers & Genuine Film-loving patrons supporting the work Kush has done over the last 18 years building a platform for urban filmmakers.  .

 

If you have a short or feature film please let us know as we may want to screen your film at the renowned Film Boutique.

We can also support UK and International distribution and marketing of the right films where there is a working budget specifically for distribution/marketing.

Send films/trailers to: info@kushfilms.com
Tel: + 44 (0) 203 070 3200 / + 44 (0) 7961 977 749

 

Hard Time Bus – Romance at Kush Film Boutique – 17 March 2016

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We are back and in full swing with the UK’s leading exhibition platform for urban/black films; the people’s favourite film club the ‘Kush Film Boutique’ 

Join us in March for fun and games (find a gentlemen seat-filler), enjoy lovely soft soul and reggae music in the bar from our DJ, Take part in our filmmakers Q&A and get ready for the after-film panel discussion on the hot topic of “Relationship Commitment” led by comedian Kojo – Oh and don’t forget the great new British Romantic Drama Hard Time Bus.

This all takes place at our new London home the plush and historic Regent Street Cinema (the UK’s historical first ever cinema where the first film ever screened in the UK by the pioneer Lumière Brothers was screened in 1896).

Join us for our next exciting fun-filled romance-themed screening event on Thursday 17th March 2016.


Kush Films
presents a UK exclusive screening of award-winning indie brit-flik Hard Time Bus.
This award-winning romantic-drama focusses on the relationship issue of long-term commitment, an issue that affects many a relationship in 2016.

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Invited Panel Guests:
Comedian KOJO 
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Along with lead HTB actor
Neil Reidman
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&
Sports-model/Broadcaster
Darren Placid
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Along with Hard Time Bus screenwriter
Owen Mowatt.

Guest Host for the night will be the lovely:
Ms Jenni Steele
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Before the film there will be fun and games in the bar and just for you our patrons a live DJ set with lovely romantic music (soft soul, lover rocks etc)  played in the bar.

Fun and games include: Kush finding single ladies (including pairs or groups) a vetted gentleman seat-fillers to sit close to them (can be right next too also?) to keep our lady guests entertained throughout the night.

Music by Jazzy D.

Book Tickets Here: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/hard-time-bus/

Don’t MISS this fun-filled screening event – you know we screen films like no-one else in the UK, what we do is unique, sheer entertainment and always centred around you; our patrons – You the audience comes first!

After a rude awakening, Mark Bishop`s carefree and complacent lifestyle comes crashing back to reality, forcing him to make hasty plans to marry devoted girlfriend, Denise. He turns to best mate Fitzy for advice only to be ridiculed for not following the ‘Fitzy Rules’ – “never marry and never settle”. Mark’s life begins to unravel as he tries to manage the expectations of those closest to him and soon learns that with complacency comes risk.

Starring: Neil Reidman, Roger Griffiths, Naomi Ryan, Michael Ellis, Tashan Sinclair-Doyle, Anthony Warren & Bailey Patrick.

Written by Owen Mowatt and Directed by Dean Charles
Produced by: Nicola Gregory
2014/ UK / 15 / 85 mins

  • Winner Best Feature – Hollywood Black Film Festival
  • Nominated in several categories at the American Black Film Festival
  • Best Feature at MVSA

Book Tickets Here: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/hard-time-bus/

Date: Thurs 17th March 2016
Time: 7.30pm – Bar/Networking / 8.30pm: Film starts
Venue: Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW
Tickets: £15 (student £11)

Music by: Jazzy D

For more info:
T: 0203 070 3200
M: 07961 977 749
E: info@kushfilms.com

Twitter: @KushFilmsOnline@Kush_Online
FB: KushFilmsOnline

 

Supported by Media Partners:

www.colourfulradio.com | www.voice-online.co.uk | www.pridemagazine.com
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The Renowned Kush Film Boutique: Back Tue 2nd February 2016

We relaunch the Film Boutique on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 with the film The Perfect Guy starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy & Morris Chestnut.

We have the whole cinema to ourselves so join us for a drink & some music in the bar, beforehand and then thrills on the big screen!

See THE PERFECT GUY on Tuesday 2nd February @ 7.30pm for 8.30pm start at the plush Regent Street cinema.

Don’t miss this intense psychological sexual thriller!
You may well just be more careful whom you date after this!

Tues 2nd February 2016
7.30pm: arrive / 8.30pm: film start
Tickets: £15
Book tickets here:
http://bit.ly/23hIkjU
Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW


What happens when you dump a psychopath? Find out in this nail-biting thriller. Stuck in an unhappy relationship, lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) decides to dump her boyfriend, David (Morris Chestnut). Soon after, she meets Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy). All seems to be going well, and Leah’s friends and family all take to the charming IT consultant. But when Carter gets into a fracas with a stranger at a gas station, she sees a different side to him and decides to break up. But it appears breaking up with him is only the start of her troubles with Carter Duncan… From director David M Rosenthal (A Single Shot) comes this tense thriller starring Sanaa Lathan (The Best Man Holiday), Michael Ealy (2 Fast 2 Furious) and Morris Chestnut (Boyz n the Hood).

Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut
Director: David M. Rosenthal
Release date: Nov 2015 / 100 mins / 15

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Supported by short film PREY written by Edith Nwekenta and directed by Sunny King
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A young woman after a night out, is stalked by a psychopath in a car park.
Prey is the first Alfred Hitchcock inspired suspense thriller of its kind in Nollywood Cinema.The film represents a new era for the next generation of Nigerian filmmakers called “New Nollywood”

 

Watch Trailer:

 


This will be followed in March, April and May by a season of new ‘Urban Brit Fliks‘, urban films made by British filmmakers including new films: Hard Time Bus, The Naked Poet and a film we will solely be distributing using a new innovative untried distribution strategy (we will lead the way in providing new opportunities for the distribution of urban/black films) – So we are here now pleased to introduce you to: Lapse of Honour starring extra hot UK grime artiste Lady Leshurr. This is a powerful family drama about love, desolation, aspirations, family break-up and the danger of turning to crime as a source of survival.

Lapse of Honour Final Trailer from Daniel Webb on Vimeo.

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The New Black Panthers Doc @The Kush Film Boutique

 Come and Join us for a special themed film screening of
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution

 

Kush Films Presents
A day of ‘revolution’ at the Film Boutique
a day commemorating the revolutionary
‘Black Panther Party’

@ The Regent Street Cinema, London – Tuesday 17th November 2015

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“If you have that revolutionary spirit and sympathises with movements and icons like; The Black Panthers, Flower Power, Malcom X, Karl Marx, The Suffragette’s, Marcus Garvey, Che Guevara and others then get ready for this themed event get ready with your: Afro’s, black leather jackets, berets, flak jackets, hippie-threads, dresses, hats & boots – for a day of symbolism: Remembering the revolutionary Black Panther Party and historical acts of revolution!”

Kush Promotions, Choices Consortium & media partners present on Tuesday 17th November a special themed film screening event for the acclaimed and newly released American documentary film Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution directed by Stanley Nelson.

On this day the patrons of the Film Boutique will be able to enjoy great networking whilst enjoying a special revolutionary soul, funk reggae DJ set by the renowned Ronnie Herel plus a special live performance by World-Changer Rapper Mikel Ameen (brother of actor Aml Ameen).

There will be invited guests from the world of film/TV and a special discussion after the film (which we hope will be more of a rallying call for all revolutionaries to step up and state how they plan to make a positive difference in today’s traumatic world).

This will be a reflective event but everything will also be done in an appreciative joyful manner!

For tickets to this event please contact the Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW

Bookings:
http://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/the-black-panthers-vanguard-of-the-revolution/
Tel: 0207 911 5050

For more information & press enquiries please contact:

Kush Promotions & PR
Tel: 0208 618 2204 or 0203 070 3200
Email: info@kushfilms.com

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Watch our promo for the event (Checkout our competitions page and win a pair of tickets)

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from Kush Films on Vimeo.

Film Review: 3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets (3 ½ Minutes Can Last a Lifetime!)

Written by Orville “Kunga” Dread
04.10.15

 

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“Trayvon’s father text me a couple days after it happened,” he said… “I just want to welcome you to a club that none of us want to be in.” – Ron Davis father of Jordan Davis (February 19, 1995- November 23, 2012)

On Friday November 23 2012 at around 7.30pm, Jordan Davis 17, African-American was shot 3 times by Michael Dunn a 47 year old, white American who took a dislike to the loud ‘rap-crap’ music coming from the vehicle Jordan and his friends were sitting in. 7 more shots were fired as Davis’s teenage friends tried, panic-stricken, to make their escape from the Jacksonville petrol station in middle-class suburbia.
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3 ½ minutes, Ten bullets (2015), is a groundbreaking, access-all-areas documentary by award-winning director Marc Silver (photo) and is both intrusive and intimate. The critically acclaimed film also provides an insightful look at a justice system many consider to be flawed; in a country which purports to uphold the unalienable rights that all men are created equal, yet it’s a country where a black man is up to *40 times more likely to be shot by police than his white counterpart-  (*ProPublica 2014).

“If the facts are against you, then argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If both are against you, put someone else on trial!” – Closing argument of Florida Assistant State Attorney, John Guy.

John Guy the attorney for the state of Florida was also involved in the Trayvon Martin case in a failed attempt to prosecute George Zimmerman; Zimmerman who also felt he had no choice but to defend himself, to stand his ground and to shoot a 17 year old teenager to death. It is this paradox this gripping documentary attempts to scrutinise. How does a man, of apparent good standing, now stand accused of the murder of an unarmed teenager, calmly leave the scene and order a pizza? The film also asks questions of society at large. A society that has been taught to view young Black men as armed, angry and dangerous.

Stand your ground  – “A person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if: He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself”

The controversial section of that law relates to the fact that there is no “duty to retreat,” meaning that in non-stand your ground states one must, in most cases, “first attempt to get away if he or she is able to do so”.

In Florida the state where the two young men, Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin were both born, in the same month, and ironically linked in very similar and tragic outcomes. there is no such requirement; in fact the shooter is permitted to “stand his or her ground,” when firing in self defense and does not need to flee. Add to this the ruling that the shooter may have had an “honest but mistaken belief,” that the victim had a weapon then one can easily draw parallels with cases still simmering here in the U.K.
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The mental image of a belligerent Black ‘man’ in baggy pants and a hooded top may well have been enough to convince the majority white white jury to acquit Zimmerman allowing him to walk free, leaving America, once again, having to confront its uncomfortable history of colonisation and entrenched racism.

But Mark Silver (director) does not judge the system; he leaves that to the viewer. As with his previous critically acclaimed docu-feature Who is Dayani Crystal? (2014), the director skillfully connects quiet moments of reflection, with meticulous focus on the minutia, juxtaposed with the cacophony of media orchestrated debate.

In 2012, reporters from the Tamba Bay Times collated over 200 Stand Your Ground cases across the U.S and found that 15.6 percent of those homicides in which a white person killed a black person were deemed justifiable, compared to about 3.4 percent of homicides in which the perpetrator was black and the victim was white – (WJCT, Rhema Thompson, 2014).

Lucia McBath, the softly-spoken, god fearing mother or Jordan Davis, now turned vehement anti-gun campaigner, has called the Stand Your Ground law as ‘legalised lynching’, feeling it disproportionately targets young black men.
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Silver’s film shows very little anger; tears, yes. But what is perhaps most haunting is the, almost child-like nature of Dunn, his ascribed white privilege making it impossible for him to acknowledge any guilt and the almost ‘matter-of-fact’ nature of Jordan’s friends, who despite barely escaping with their lives on that fateful evening as bullets pierced their vehicle and pierced through the body of their friend, seem almost accepting that Black youth in America are viewed a certain way

“Thug is the new ‘N’ word. That’s how ‘they’ be pursuing us now ‘N’ word is out ‘thug’ is in. They don’t want to be seen, (pause), ‘wrong’ so they use ‘thug’ instead of the ‘N’ word”. – Tevin Thompson, friend of Jordan Davis, 3 ½ minutes Ten Bullets.

There are also moments of humor as the young friends reflect upon their friendship with Jordan; joined by the dead boy’s father, Ron Davis a retired Delta airlines employee, they eat burgers and discuss how bad he was at basketball but how he would still want to keep on playing in order to improve, “but he was just too fast for the ball!” – Tevin Thompson. Mr Davis, who has been divorced from Jordan’s mother for a number of years, mentions how Jordan was an athlete and should have done track or baseball. They all agree.
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Ron Davis and other fathers have bemoaned the fact that the women are often the voices heard and images portrayed whenever a tragedy such as the death of his son is played out in the media but remains a constant ally as both parents are unified in keeping the memory of their son alive and true. Youth from middle class America, existing far from the stereotypical lexicon of a crime riddled neighborhood, should not be in fear of flying bullets and Silver is careful in showing that these youth who are not from the concrete ghettos of America but from an environment of freshly cut lawns and regular jaunts to the nearby beach still do not escape the maelstrom of America’s racailised myopia.

“When I arrived in Jackosonville Fl, I was struck by how everyone drives everywhere. Hardly anyone walks! These two people just happened to meet at a petrol station and had an argument. An argument which lasted just 3 ½ minutes”. Marc Silver

This is a important and brave film on many levels and is a must watch as it makes America look at itself once again but perhaps more importantly it asks hard questions of the viewer. That initial feeling when faced with a group of young Black teenagers. What is the default emotion?

3 ½ minutes, Ten Bullets is in UK cinemas Now – check your local cinema for details.

The Kush Film Boutique hosted an exclusive screening of the documentary at the Regent Street Cinema – check out a snapshot of our event below:

article by Orvil Kunga  / @kungadred –  Orvil kunga founder of Welcome to Busseywood and Adrinkra Arts Collective