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

Written by the boss Marlon Palmer


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


 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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