Pioneer of Black British cinema Ngozi Onwurah’s Work features at 2018 London Short Film Festival

London Short Film Festival (LSFF) announces its full 2018 programme, screening over 500 UK and international short films over 10 days, from 12-21 January 2018.

Celebrating its 15th year, LSFF is a vital moment in the UK film calendar, a beacon of inclusive and ground-breaking film-making from a diverse range of backgrounds. The festival will show a huge selection of UK and international short films across music, culture, and politics.

The 15th-anniversary content of interest includes:

Pioneer of Black British cinema Ngozi Onwurah’s body of work weaves an autobiographical narrative with astute socio-political observation. As the first Black British woman filmmaker to have a feature film released in UK cinemas we celebrate Ngozi’s legacy with a screening of early works and panel discussion in Ngozi Onwurah: Shorts. A rare 35mm screening of Welcome II The Terrordome will also show at the festival.

NGOZI ONWURAH: Short Films – Wed 17 Jan 20:30 ICA – Followed by a panel discussion with Ngozi Onwurah, producer Simon Onwurah, Hilja Lindsay-Muwonge (actress, Flight of the Swan) and Sian Ejiwumi-Le Berre (actress, The Body Beautiful).

  • THE BODY BEAUTIFUL: 23 mins – A moving, autobiographical account of the mother-daughter relationship, and the female body within traditional beauty standards.
  • COFFEE COLOURED CHILDREN: 15 mins – A visceral look at growing up mixed-race in eighties England.
  • FLIGHT OF THE SWAN: 12 mins – Concerns a young black girl dreaming of performing as a lead ballerina.

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WELCOME II THE TERRORDOME – Fri 19 Jan 21:00 Regent Street Cinema Dir. Ngozi Onwurah 1995, UK 90 mins, 35mm In association with Cigarette Burns Cinema + cast & crew Q&A

In a futuristic city, racial tensions explode in the wake of a child’s death. This political action thriller was the first independent Black British feature film to be released commercially, retelling Black history through a dystopian, ghettoised future. LSFF profiles the work of Black British female director Ngozi Onwurah and we’re excited to be screening a rare 35mm print of her only theatrically released feature.

Book Tickets here.

London Short Film Festival (LSFF) runs from 12-21 January 2018. Screening over 500 UK and international short films over 10 days find out more here.


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