Director Ethosheia Hylton and Award-Winning Author Alex Wheatle included in Q&A Panel Discussion on Saturday 27th May 2017
Brixton Rock Short Film will premier at Brixton Tate Library on 27th May 2017 as part of Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival. The long-awaited film version of the iconic novel ‘Brixton Rock’ is directed by Ethosheia Hylton. Penned in 1999 by The Guardian’s 2016 Children’s Prize winner Alex Wheatle, the film will be screened at the library because this was the place that Wheatle educated himself after a troubled relationship with the education system and a brush with the British judiciary. It was here that he started to write ‘Brixton Rock’. The short film is a calling-card for the making of a full feature-length film.
About Brixton Rock:
Brenton Brown has spent most of his childhood in care homes. He’s unable to express his emotional frustration and becomes a recluse – pondering thoughts of rejection, abandonment and anger. That is until his social worker receives a letter from his estranged mother requesting to meet – a meeting which provides explosive consequences.
Set in south London’s Brixton, Brixton Rock Short Film is set in the back-drop of 1970s/80s Britain where the ‘Windrush Generation’s’ children have grown up in a tumultuous period of British political, social and economic history. They’re challenging their identity, struggling to find their place in British society and exploring their own definitions of ‘blackness’.
In amongst all of this they still manage to maintain their creative spark to bring British music its unique genre, Lover’s Rock as well as their own visions of fashion, food and a synchronicity of culture to earn their right to be equally represented in this society.
Director Ethosheia Hylton says of her connection with the film:
“Making Brixton Rock has profound importance for me. It’s a story I connected with from the first time I read the book and visualised it as a film. It’s the beginning of our goal to make this a feature length movie.“