Tonight: don't miss the online premiere of CARNIVAL, a new short film

Tonight: don't miss the online premiere of CARNIVAL, a new short film

Posted on: 25 Jun 2020

The premiere forms part of St Pauls Carnival's digital 2020 celebration: Spirit Up! United at Home.

 

A short film which was shot on location at the 2018 St Pauls Carnival will premiere online tonight, Thursday 25 June.

 

The film, titled CARNIVAL, tells the story of an absent mother, Rochelle, returning to visit her young daughter – their time to reconnect is running out.

 

Against the vibrant backdrop of Carnival, the 12-minute story unfolds, and Rochelle makes a decision that will determine her daughter's future.

 

The film was produced by local production company 123 Media, and features Bristol reggae legend Dennis McCalla.

 

Tonight, in partnership with St Pauls Carnival and Encounters Film Festival, 123 Media will host an online premiere of the film, kicking off at 19:00 via the St Pauls Carnival social media channels. 

 

The free-to-watch screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film's cast and crew.

 

Watch the trailer:

 

 

The film's lead actress Nadia Williams (as Rochelle) was born and bred in Bristol. She has acted in Broadchurch, Casualty and a range of theatre productions.

 

Recently, CARNIVAL was selected for the Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles, the world's largest Black film festival.

 

The film screening forms part of St Pauls Carnival's digital 2020 celebration: Spirit Up! United at Home.

 

Earlier this year, St Pauls Carnival 2020 was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

 

But the Carnival team felt the magic of the annual celebration should not go unmarked in 2020.

 

And so, St Paul's Carnival announced Spirit Up! United at Home, an online programme of events celebrating African-Caribbean culture and history.

 

 

This week, audiences have enjoyed poetry from writer, performer and producer Malaika Kegode, and a broadcast of Renell Shaw's Windrush Suite, a body of work created by the composer to mark Windrush Day.

 

Following tonight's film screening, Helen Davenport will lead a Carnival mask-making workshop tomorrow, on Friday 26 June.

 

And on Saturday 27 June, Ujima Radio will run a Carnival all-dayer event to be broadcast live on the station.

 

The programme will continue into next week with more fringe events, before it culminates with a busy digital celebration on what would have been Carnival Day (Saturday 4 July).

 

The Carnival Day celebration will feature a mix of pre-recorded and live-streamed performances and activities, ranging from music to lively debate sessions.  

 

To support the organisation's ongoing community work, education programme and events, St Pauls Carnival has launched a crowdfunder, complete with some rewards.

 

For a £20 donation, St Paul's Carnival will send you a Carnival wristband and t-shirt, in the colour and size of your choice. 

 

Keep up to date with St Pauls Carnival's digital 2020 celebration, Spirit Up! United at Home on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


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Article by:

Kate Hutchison

 


Kate Hutchison, Content Editor of 365Bristol.com

Get in touch with Kate at kate@365bristol.com