There is such an electrifying excitement buzzing through my body, feeling like I'm finally about to take major steps in becoming the director and businessman I dream of...
But I can't afford it.
There is probably a bigger conversation to be had about the inaccessibility of the film industry to working class and disabled people but despite that, I am determined and faithful things will change.
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Even writing this, I'm hesitant to make this public because the idea of pleading for money can sometimes make you feel low and shameful. But this is the dream, this is my life, my passion and I'm hoping for contributions to allow me to train and study at one of the best film schools in Europe. I will be using all the money raised towards my tuition for MA Filmmaking at London Film School.
Take a look at my showreel here
I have struggled living with Crohns Disease for over 13 years now and even through the pains, I have learnt how to be resilient, stay passionate and motivated. I have an affinity with intimate real life stories about working class and disabled people whose voices fall on deaf ears. I aspire to be someone (not just a filmmaker) who came from these backgrounds and advocates for more accessibility into the arts for BAME, working class and disabled people.
There is an insane level of potential and genius waiting to be unlocked once people no longer feel restricted because of their socio-economic or ethnic background.
Despite suffering with Crohns disease, I still make films and art whenever I can. I feel a need to express myself as I have been suffering with depression and anxiety for the best part of 10 years. Storytelling can sometimes be therapeutic and as I've found out over my years of filmmaking is that these stories can sometimes act as medicine for others. Some of my films have taken me around the world, receiving awards from big film festivals in Los Angeles, Australia, Chicago, New York, Germany, UK, and more. This has led me to discover some really beautiful films, filmmakers and actors that I try to work and collaborate.
London Film School is one of the best film schools and I believe it is the place that will best cater for my craving of film education. I hold myself accountable when it comes to my goals and expectations and in everything I do, I always want to do better and learn from it for the next time. London Film School sounds like an environment that allows you to experiment in making many pieces of work to help you craft your voice in storytelling and at the same time, developing your capacities and skills.
I have always struggled with getting funding for my films and projects so I have always just made films however I could with the help of friends and family. Sometimes I’ve had to make films without a crew so it means I’d have to learn how to edit, mix sound or colour grade just so I could complete the film. With film school, I believe it is the place to discover community, like minded & passionate collaborators and also with the support of the school, I think it could springboard careers and films for global recognition. I aspire to be the best at everything I do, so I soak in and absorb as much education and information as possible. This kind of perfectionism I have for my craft means that I hold a high bar for everything. The only place I feel like could grant me colleagues that could help elevate my films and work would be at LFS. They only let in people who show great promise to the future of British film and TV so I am very excited about studying there.
The current landscape of Film and TV is exciting and more colourful than ever before. I see more faces like mine, I see more people being celebrated and awarded who look just like me. It sends a very loud visceral message that we can do whatever we put our minds to. From the Michaela Coel’s, the Issa Rae’s and the Donald Glovers of the industry, it sets a precedent for people like me following in their footsteps, all over the world. I hope to be that same source of inspiration for people with invisible illnesses and disability.
Click here to see some of my work
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