Tag Archives: urban films

The Kush Film Boutique Video Highlights 2016




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


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.

HardTime_Bus_PosterSo come along and join in the debate as after this film; there will be a special panel discussion on present day ‘Relationship Commitment’ with our invited guest all-male panel.

Invited Panel Guests:
Comedian KOJO 

Along with lead HTB actor
Neil Reidman

Darren Placid





Along with Hard Time Bus screenwriter
Owen Mowatt.

Guest Host for the night will be the lovely:
Ms Jenni Steele

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


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:
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


Supported by short film PREY written by Edith Nwekenta and directed by Sunny King

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.

Hard Time Bus


BUFF Film Festival Is Here!


2014 British Urban Film Festival announces 25 festival titles

nother British Urban Film Festival is almost upon us and we are pleased to bring you the itinerary and all the latest info.

The festival organiser Emanuel Anyiam-Osigwe is a young colleague of Kush director Marlon Palmer and he grew up learning his trade with Marlon & past founder/ director of the Black Filmmaker Film Festival & the BFM magazine & also renowned director Menelik Shabbazz.

So we wish Emanuel well in all his endeavours and fully support the festival.

This year’s festival has an even better line-up than last year and things definitely seem to be on the up, which makes us proud and excited with the potentiality of future developments.

Sponsored by Channel 4 and a number of other sponsors like our colleagues at the British Black List, BUFF brings to you a good line-up of feature docs, premier films and brand new short films along with informative seminars and of course the usual much-appreciated and needed After-party – where all can let their hair down, surely the icing on the cake for any good film festival!

Everything kicks-off on Thursday 4th September and finishes on Monday 8th September.

The opening nights film is ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’ and takes place at the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square; starting at 8.30pm and ending at 11.00pm. The screening will be compeered by Spencer Fearon from Sky Sports and features a great British boxing industry panel which includes: ex-boxer Johnny Nelson, Ronald Mcintosh, reporter Colin Hart & former comedian now representing the Nation of Islam Mr. Leo Muhammad.

We will be screening the film again on Sunday 7th September at 6.00pm at the Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel (Bow). The event on that day will be compered by Ben Doughty and features boxing legend John Conteh & Jessie Grace Mellor on the panel.

Find out what else is showing and when – Download the Festival Brochure Here.


Hope to see you there!

Opening Night Film – Thursday 4th September
The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Showing also on Sunday 7th Sept @ The Genesis Cinema in Bow.

The Govnors (15)



 The Guvnors is both love letter and hate mail to the alpha male. This story’s alpha is Mitch (Doug Allen) who lives buried in suburban London, having turned his back on his previous life of casual violence and intimidation as part of a legendary South East London firm. In the modern day he’s the doyen of respectability and quiet confidence, until a young upstart (Harley Sylvester one half of hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks) attempts to drag him back in. As events escalate around them, secrets are revealed, blood is spilt and lives are shattered. Gabe Turner’s violent thriller explores the sinister, inescapable legacy of a life of crime.

Starring: Harley Sylvestor, David Exxex, Doug Allen, Jay Simpson, Vaz Blackwood, Richard Blackwood, Charley Palmer Merkell, Jumayn Huner, Martin Hancock, Melanie Gutteridge, Tony Denham & Paul Reynolds.

 Produced by: Cass Pennant, Leo Pearlman & Danny Potts.

Exclusive Kush Interview – Coming Soon!

On Wednesday 20th August Kush was privileged to conducted an exclusive interview with
director Gabe Turner and Rizzlekicks music star Harley Sylvestor who plays the bad-boy lead
in the film.

Return here shortly to find out more about the film from the guys themselves.



Another Exclusive Clip – just for our Kushites

Watch our exclusive interview with star Harley Sylvester & Director Gabe Turner

Lets Support CRIME & Help Them Change The Lives of Disadvantaged Young People

CRIME stands for Creating Role Models a London based organisation whose aims are to support young people and their efforts to leave gang life, highlight issues around the abuse of young people and ultimately provide development opportunities towards new life-changing careers in the media industry.

If you pay to watch this new short film you will then be contributing to changing the lives of our disadvantaged young people through the work ‘Creating Roles Models’ does in the community – without your support they will not be able to do the work they do as funding through government agencies is hard to come by these days and when it is gained, its often very restrictive.

You can also gain a small percentage of profits by sharing this video with as many friends as you can – so please also share.

A film by Fredi Nwaka & the Gridlock Team

50% of the proceeds from sales will go towards the ‘IM A SURVIVOR’ campaign, giving young people who have been abused a voice and help with both physical and mental healing.

medium_some_things_one_sheet_web_resSOME THINGS… is an independent, short film written and directed by Fredi ‘KRUGA’ Nwaka and produced by GRIDLOC FILMS.

The world can be a cruel place and inner city London is no exception. When an innocent young girl becomes caught up in a world of sexual abuse and emotional blackmail her life quickly spirals out of control.

What happens when you feel betrayed by the very person whose supposed to protect you? What do you do? Who do you turn to?



Inspired by true events this film is about when hope, courage, determination and faith just isn’t enough.

SOME THINGS… can’t be fixed!

This is not just a film… its a journey…

One that will not only touch every one who watches it but also may help save a life or two and encourage other young people to talk up.