How much of loving someone is wanting to be with them? Wanting to be seen with them?
Upwardly mobile gay photographer, Karl, has trouble uncovering the finer feelings of coarse young raver, Donovan, who is initially only after a quick fumble under the sheets without his girlfriend finding out. Boy with Beer is a touching story of love between two men.
Years ago, I wrote a one-off TV drama on a fast track programme for budding UK writers, headed by Jane Tranter, then at Channel 5. The story of an up-and-coming actor stalked by a crack smoking South London cabbie was loosely based on real events.
If things had gone to plan, Ephraim Lewis would have been a household name. Music execs spent millions trying to turn the boy from Wolverhampton into the British Michael Jackson. Then in 1994, Ephraim jumped from a balcony in Los Angeles. The secrets of his brief, troubled life only emerging a year after his death.
America may have its Spike Lee, Toni Morrison, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey or Danny Glover, to name a few, but the recent success of British films at the box-office has brought with it no significant or corresponding improvement in the profile or fortunes of our black writers, actors and movie makers.
SAFE is accessible, relevant and essential video drama. It was produced as a resource for teachers, social workers, youth workers and everyone mentoring young African, Caribbean and Asian men.