A Moving Image is an award winning multimedia feature film about gentrification in Brixton, incorporating fiction, documentary and performance art.
The story follows Nina, a young stifled artist, as she returns to her community after a long absence – she is soon painted as a symbol of gentrification. As she struggles with her own complicity, we follow her mission to create a piece of art that can bring her community together. On her journey we speak to real people affected by gentrification in Brixton, blurring the line between reality and fiction.
Directed by Shola Amoo, A Moving Image has received critical acclaim on the film circuit, about to go on general release we caught up with producer Rienkje Attoh. Attoh started her career as a broadcast journalist at the BBC in 2006, progressing to produce news programmes for TV and Radio. After her career in journalism, Rienkje focused on film production and in 2012 attended the National Film and Television School. While a student she was awarded the inaugural Prince William scholarship supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros.
Rienkje has produced films that have screened at prestigious international festivals, including the LA Film Festival, Sundance and the London Film Festival. #TBB10 spoke to her about her journey with A Moving Image…
1# A Moving Image has been a on a bit of a journey, what’s it feel like knowing it’s about to get general release?
We’re happy that after such a long journey, people will finally get the chance to see the film. Shola and I always wanted it to spark a debate about gentrification and how it’s affecting people who are struggling to find a space in a growing and expensive city. We are proud to have raised the topic of gentrification while also addressing the lack of representation in film in the UK.
2# Is this the biggest project you’ve produced?
For most of the crew and cast this is their debut feature, including Shola and me. We wanted to have as much control over our first feature and personally invested in the film, which we made under our company A Moving Image Production. We raised the rest of the budget through private finance and a Crowdfund.
3# What has it been like for you personally?
Getting to this stage has not been easy, it’s been non-stop since we dropped the film’s promo in 2014. We’ve had to keep our audience engaged until now, which takes a great deal of commitment, that’s why it’s all the more satisfying knowing that the film is getting its release. We have had some amazing support along the way from people all over the world and that’s kept us going.
4# Tell us how you came on board with A Moving Image?
Shola and I have been discussing gentrification for some time and we both wanted to address it.
5# What is it about the film that you think has resonated with the audience?
Gentrification is the topic of our day. The audience can relate because they are part of the problem – natives and ’new kids’. We’re all complicit. It’s not a bad thing to regenerate areas, it’s great for the people who live in the area, but when people feel like they no longer belong in the place they grew up because they can’t afford to be there, then we have a problem. We hope this film will spark a debate so that we all can find ways to better manage the gentrification of London and the displacement of communities.
6# When did you get your ‘damn this is really happening’ moment?
When we got the email to say our film will premiere in LA, that was around this time last year.
7# Being a black female producer in the UK is…?
Imperative for making sure people of colour and the working classes are represented in Film and TV. My job is to reflect my society and that looks pretty diverse to me.
8# A Moving Image premiered at the 2016 London Film Festival what was that like, and what did that do for the film, and for you as a producer?
It felt great bringing it home. It was during this period that I also became a BFI Vision Awardee, which has helped me finance the development of my film slate.
9# You’ve worked with Director Shola Amoo before, is this a work match made in heaven?
Shola’s a good friend of mine so working together comes easy, even during intense periods and we’ve had a few in our time. He’s a very talented filmmaker who I trust and respect.
10# What’s next for you?
I’m currently developing several exciting projects, including a sci-fi and a thriller.
A Moving Image goes on general release today Friday 28th April. Check your local cinema for listings and find out more here