SELECTED FILMS

Asunder (2021)

ASUNDER: Olivia, a trainee professional, finds herself opposing the government that is seeking to criminalise her mother. ASUNDER offers an intricate story about family, politics and justice. (14 min).

  • Writer & Director: Janet Marrett
  • Producer: Nicola Gregory
  • Principal cast: Kemi Awoderu
  • Director of Photography: Korsshan Schlauer
  • Casting: Heather Basten
  • Editor: Marnie Hollande
  • Composer: Pablo Scopinaro
  • Production Design: Taslima Kahn
  • Sound Design: Rich Evans
  • Colourist: Mark Slobodian
  • Cast: Joyce Grey-Carter, Nicola Alexis, Angie Amra Anderson, Lewis Sycamore, Julia Lacey, Sue Swallow, Michael John-Day, David Toso, Simone McIntyre
  • Festivals: Women X 2021, BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2021. CineOdyssey Film Festival 2021, World Cinema Film Festival 2021, Toronto Black Film Festival 2022, Halifax Black Film Festival 2022, Cinemagic's On The Pulse Short Film Festival 2022, Women of the Lens Film Festival 2022
  • Awards: Winner Best Performance Women X 2021, Best Writing nomination Women X 2021, Winner Best Short film World Cinema Film Festival UK 2021

Clearing (2020)

CLEARING: At 18 Kaila knows what she wants but finds herself struggling to stay motivated following a serious incident. Starring BAFTA-nominated Jasmine Jobson from Netflix’s Top Boy (13 min 20 sec).

  • Writer, Director & Producer: Janet Marrett
  • Principal cast: Jasmine Jobson
  • Director of Photography: Korsshan Schlauer
  • Editor: Emily Jo West
  • Composer: Bankey Ojo
  • Production Design: Isobel Power-Smith
  • Sound Design: Arron Emo-Travers
  • Colourist: Philipp Morozov
  • Cast: Nicola Alexis, Anu Jaiyeola, Helena Tang-Grosso, Yannick Budd, Faraz M. Khan, Drou Constantinou, Xavien Russell
  • Festivals: Festival de Cannes, Court Métrage Short Film Corner 2020, Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2020 (BAFTA-qualifying), Emerging Filmmaker Network Film Festival 2020, London X4 Autumn 2020 Film Festival, Women of the Lens Festival 2020, The South London Film Festival finalist 2020, WorldFest - Houston International Film Festival 2021, Downtown Urban Arts Festival - NYC 2021, Special Mention from UK Seasonal Short Film Festival 2020, Honours List for Women X Festival 2020, Special Jury Mention Short of the Year 2021, Black Lens Film Festival 2021, Accra Indie Filmfest 2021, IrisPrize AMAA BAFTA & BIFA Qualifying British Urban Film Festival 2021
  • Awards: Winner Best UK Short at London X4 Film Festival 2020, Winner Best Director at London X4 Film Festival 2020, Platinum REMI Award WorldFest Houston 2021, Winner Best Actress Accra Indie Filmfest 2021, Winner Best International Short Film Downtown Urban Arts Festival NYC 2021, plus Winner Best Short Film Downtown Urban Arts Festival NYC 2021.

Kindred (2019)

A beautiful and heart-warming social drama of Esther, a UK woman of Nigerian heritage estranged from her family because of her relationship with an English man. Esther is forced to mend this painful 8-year rift. The story addresses the difficulty experienced by ethnically diverse patients needing matching bone marrow donors. (17 min 58 sec).

  • Director & Producer: Janet Marrett
  • Screenwriters: Naomi Grant & Janet Marrett
  • Principal cast: Emilyne Mondo
  • Director of Photography: Lee Burnett
  • Editor: Emily Jo West
  • Composer: Bankey Ojo
  • Sound Design: Rich Evans
  • Colourist: Karl Barnes-Dallas
  • Cast: Andrea Hall, Anthony Kaye, Oliver Rednall, Skyla-Chi Khamjani-Wilson, Greg David Monga, Luis Amália
  • Festivals: Crystal Palace International Film Festival 2019, WorldFest Houston International Film Festival 2019, Women of African Descent Film Festival 2019, British Urban Film Festival 2019, People of Colour - The international Cultural Exchange 2020, Black Lives Matter by CPIFF 2020, Accra Indie Film Fest 2020, Silicon Valley African Film Festival 2020, Lincoln Park Music Festival 2020 and Gary International Black film Film Festival 2020, Black Lens Film Festival 2021
  • Awards: Gold REMI from WorldFest Houston, Diaspora Film Award Finalist from Silicon Valley African Film Festival

ACCRA INDIE FILMFEST X MEDIATHIRSTY

AiF FilmArt 2022 is a film incubation program, supported by the British Council, for those already in the business of filmmaking who need supported opportunities to develop their craft.

This Accra Indie Filmfest and Mediathirsty Productions partnership will give 30 underrepresented emerging screenwriters in the UK the opportunity to collaborate with young filmmaking teams in Ghana.

At the end of the program, two short films will be produced and premiered as part of Accra Indie Filmfest 2022 to a live audience. These films can also be submitted to other film festivals to increase their visibility beyond Accra Indie Filmfest.

This program is designed to foster cultural and experiential exchanges and birth new narratives. Applications officially open on Mon 24th Jan 2022 and close on Fri 18th Feb 2022. Selected screenwriters will be notified on Mon 28th Feb 2022.

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ABOUT

Janet Marrett is the founder of Mediathirsty Productions, an award-winning writer, director and producer of independent films, with a history of also producing campaign, museum & heritage and marketing films. As well as across the UK, her work has screened internationally in Singapore, Kuwait, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Ghana, the USA & Canada.

Janet is a BFI NETWORK x BAFTA CREW filmmaker particularly passionate about highlighting stories featuring diverse ethnicities; with inclusive talent both in front of and behind the lens. She is a huge fan of cinema vérité and is inspired by filmmakers like Steve McQueen, Asghar Farhadi, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Barry Jenkins, Nadine Labaki and Andrea Arnold amongst many others.

 

 

Mediathirsty Productions

London EC2A, UK