Climate change, migration, disability, homelessness and sexuality are just some of the subjects explored in The Uncertain Kingdom. The ground-breaking anthology of twenty short films from twenty directors offers a unique portrait of the nation today.
The Uncertain Kingdom features an ensemble cast of actors including Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge), BAFTA nominated Mark Addy (The Full Monty, Game of Thrones), Steve Evets (Looking for Eric, Apostasy), Hugh Dennis (Outnumbered, Fleabag), Andy Hamilton (What We Did on Our Holiday), Ruth Madeley (Years & Years) and Laurie Davidson (Cats, The Good Liar).
From drama, documentary, dance and mockumentary through to animation and experimenta, The Uncertain Kingdom’s range of genres and styles mirror the diverse creatives behind them, reflecting their unique perspectives on our unprecedented times.
Bringing together artists working across film, TV, theatre, animation, dance and radio, The Uncertain Kingdom directors include IWC Schaffhausen Award winner Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling), BIFA winner Carol Salter (Almost Heaven), BAFTA and International Emmy winner Guy Jenkin (Drop the Dead Donkey, Outnumbered) and Dazed 100 listed Iggy LDN (Black Boys Don’t Cry). Actors David Proud (Marcella), BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Ray Panthaki (Official Secrets, Collette) and Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Bright Star, Cordelia) have also directed films for the project.
The films will be released in cinemas Spring 2020, followed by screenings nationwide focused on inspiring and supporting conversation about the subjects explored in local communities.
The 20 films are listed below:
Fiction: original stories inspired by our uncertain reality:
Director: Lab Ky Mo (Automat – Sky Arts 50)
The unexpected arrival of her mother and hothead socialist brother threatens businesswoman and Conservative candidate Jane Lo’s ambition to become the first female British-Chinese MP.
DEATH MEETS LISOLETTE
Director: Guy Jenkin (What We Did on Our Holiday)
A young girl discovers the Grim Reaper locked in a barn and makes a deal with him to help her ageing grandmother.
ISAAC & THE RAM
Director: Jason Bradbury (Alone My Friend – Cannes Straight8 2018)
Club security guard and former skinhead Hank takes pity on homeless gay teenager Isaac for one tense night.
Director: Jason Wingard (BIFA winning director of In Another Life and Eaten by Lions)
A modern parable about a woman who sees a homeless man literally sinking into the pavement.
Director: Sophie King (Uneatable – Channel 4)
The mockumentary follows a woman whose patriotic husband’s success in a citizenship challenge will see him turned into a swan.
THE LIFE TREE
Director: Paul Frankl (Roxanne – Flickers Rhode Island 2015)
A magical realist story in which the discovery of a healing tree brings hope to a Bolivian migrant whose son is close to death from plastic pollution.
Director: David Proud
David Proud’s film directing debut looks at a struggling disabled actress who gets a job advising a film star how to be disabled for his latest role.
Documentaries: thought-provoking snapshots
of the state of the nation:
BORROWED FROM OUR CHILDREN
Director: Leon Oldstrong (That’s Not Ours – LSFF 2019)
An evocative documentary highlighting some of the UK’s best attributes, allowing viewers to hear the heartbeat of a brighter potential future, executive produced by Oscar winner Orlando von Einsiedel.
Director: Alison Hargreaves (producer of Inside Bitch at the Royal Court)
Primary school boys stage their own version of the Sword in the Stone myth, inspired by their lives in the Rhymney Valley, Wales.
Director: Carol Salter (BIFA-winning Almost Heaven)
In the coastal towns of north west of England, dedicated volunteers hand out kindness and food to help those left behind.
Director: Ellen Evans (Life in Miniature – Sundance 2019)
A documentary exploring the experiences of Jamaicans who have been forcibly returned to their “home country” by the British government.
Director: Stroma Cairns (If You Knew – Jury Special Commendation BFI LFF 2019)
A disparate group of Londoners gather nightly to talk in their local sauna, opening up about community, connection and faith.
WE ARE NOT THE PROBLEM
Director: Dominika Ozynska (The Law of the Sea – Random Acts)
In an animated documentary, a Polish man explains why he thinks non-white immigration is the real problem.
WHAT’S IN A NAME
Director: Runyararo Mapfumo (Dawn in the Dark – LFF 2019)
As contributors discuss what their name means to them, this documentary explores the obstacles those with non-Western names can encounter and celebrates how their names express who they are.
Experimental films: innovative cinematic visions of the United Kingdom:
ACRE FALL BETWEEN
Director: Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Q4L Quest for Love – Galway Film Fleadh 2019)
On the border of Northern Ireland, a man returns home to find his family gone, farms empty and fields bare. He searches the ragged landscape in search of his kin, down to the sea.
Director: Rebecca Lloyd-Evans (BAFTA nominated Missing Dad), Co-Director: Alex Fry
An experimental doc exploring female sexuality through the personal fantasies of three women and the return of the Goddess Astarte.
STRONG IS BETTER THAN ANGRY
Director: Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling)
A kickboxing, head-spinning, up-close-and-personal investigation into what makes women angry and what they do with that anger.
Director: Iggy LDN (Black Boys Don’t Cry)
A young woman takes the audience on a visual journey through the insidious way brands use social media to disguise their true intentions.
Director: Lanre Malaolu (Elephant in the Room – Roundhouse 2019)
A dance film about the moment when a black man has ‘the conversation’ with his white partner about his racial experience.