Film4 and All 4 Foresight anthology of futuristic Short Films Filmmaker Interviews

The Fruit Tree Media-produced series explores alternate realities through the lens of five Black British directors

Foresight is a collection of five short films set in the UK that imagine the future for Black and Brown characters, written, directed and produced by diverse filmmakers who call the UK home. The collection is currently available for streaming on All 4.

TBB spoke to four of the five filmmakers about the films and the work that went on behind the scenes:

TBB Talks To … Adeyemi Michael Director of ‘The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be

Written by Courttia Newland By the year 2080, climate change has forced human beings from the Earth, those who remain are forced to live an isolated nomadic existence. In the desolate landscape, Dez forages for survival until they unearth a morsel of the past which leads them on an unexpected mission.

“In order to survive we need each other, this is what I was trying to express with the film. For me, it means an opportunity to tap into a more specific conversation about how do we as Black people survive amidst the ills of earth and what are the potential consequences if we don’t recognise that we need each other soon enough.”

Read the full interview with Adeyemi here.

TBB Talks To … Elliot Barnes-Worrell Director/Co-writer & Hasti C Co-writer of ‘Digging

Ziba, Ché, Neela and Kofi use their devices to take trips through their memories to settle an argument.

“We looked backwards in order to look forward. We knew we wanted to create an analogue future with its feet on the ground, or in this case in the ground. When we looked at Black people and people of colour around the world, there was a connection with the soil and growing things. I’m also fascinated by memory and how subjective it is, what our brains do to our memories, and how there’s never a universal truth of events. Other inspirations for Digging for me are Black people, people of colour, Cowboy Bebop, Octavia Butler, the mandem/galdem/themdem, The endz, allotments, and poems.”

Read the full interview with Elliot and Hasti C here.

TBB Talks To … Nadia Latif Director of ‘They Heard Him Shout Allah Akbar

Recently released from prison for an unknown crime, Zaid tries to reintegrate into his previous life, only to find that the arms of the state can control what he says and does.

We were inspired to write a film that didn’t feel too fantastical or far away, something that felt it was impacting the lives of black and brown people around us right now. That’s way, way scarier, and we love the intersection between sci-fi and horror. We also knew we wanted to take a really popular sci-fi trope and apply it to a totally original protagonist, one you’d never seen before in the genre – and we quickly settled on mind-control and a Muslim protagonist.” 

Read the full interview with Nadia Latif here.

TBB Talks To … Akinola Davies Director/Co-Writer & Wale Davies Co-Writer of ‘X US

Two unaccompanied brothers embark on a journey to a new settlement on the moon planet Titan. Their interactions reflect the subtle naivety and anxious fear this huge moment means for each of them amidst an industrial-sized group of migrants.

“For me, it’s a story about resilience, it’s a reminder to ring-fence our communities, financially and to indicate the value in it so we can be the custodians of protecting them. I think there is a wider conversation about individuals coming together to start cooperatives schemes and more community programmes.” – Akinola Davies

“As the film talks about displaced communities it was beautiful for me to see our community rally around its creation, we had real families come to the fore for the shoot within what was a testing time for us and I think that felt extremely special.” – Wale Davies

Read the full interview with Akinola and Wale here.

The Foresight films are all available to stream on All 4 Here


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