BABY BOY will star George Russo, Kellie Shirley, Dior Clarke along with the screen debut of Eastend rapper Tomboy Sexy.
Ambitious short film BABY BOY is set to shoot September 17th-21st in East London and Essex, the new brain child of Greg Hall (SMACK EDD, THE PLAGUE and BRUISED) and George Russo (SMACK EDD and TURNOUT) who recently co-wrote New York Times critics pick VILLAIN. Produced by JL Davis (TRIGGER FINGER) and her company House 38, in association with Russo & Hall’s imprint Medium Kool Films, executive produced by Kathleen Jones.
BABY BOY is an adrenaline fueled dark drama following a sexually repressed London black cab driver, who abandons his wife and children when he relapses in drug addiction and descends into a wild weekend of crack cocaine, robbery and violence with his young queer lover. The film explores addiction, sexuality and masculinity against the backdrop of modern day London. Following the success of their previous award winning short SMACK EDD, Hall is set to direct with Russo playing the lead in what promises to be a career defining performance.
George Russo in SMACK EDD
Russo will star alongside Kellie Shirley, who can currently be seen on IN THE LONG RUN created by Idris Elba, and Dior Clarke as Baby Boy who recently starred in and co-wrote / co-directed BATTY BOY from Creative England in association with the National Youth Theatre for Sky Arts. This will be the screen debut of east London rapper Tomboy Sexy who has been featured on SBTV and 1Xtra. Supporting cast includes Neil Large (ILL MANORS) and Kim Benson (LEE AND DEAN).
Creative heads of department include director of photography Karl Poyzer (KELLY), production designer Lee Flude aka ‘The Set Stylist’ (PRADA) and costume designer Lowri Whitwell. The jazz / classical / hip hop band Speakers Corner Quartet, who recently featured on the Focus Music Festival curated by Kate Tempest, will be producing the film's original score.
The film is set to screen in 2021. Production company House 38 are offering exclusive spaces for 5 lucky people to have a day on set with the cast and crew to watch the magic happen. For only £100 you can become a patron of the production, directly supporting indie cinema while seeing the process first hand. For further information you should email the producer JL Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org with the email title of DAY ON SET.
There will be further opportunities to support the production and acquire exclusive premiere tickets, online screener and other fantastic perks during the film's post-production in October.