“Hard Time Bus”, a new film by a team of people born in Birmingham will receive its UK debut at the Birmingham International Film (BIF) Festival.
The Festival will take place from 27th October to 3rd November 2013
“Hard Time Bus” is a multilayered relationship drama that centres around carefree and complacent Mark Bishop (Neil Reidman). Challenged by his commitment to long-time girlfriend Denise (Naomi Ryan) he turns to best mate Fitzy (Roger Griffiths) for advice only to be ridiculed for not following the ‘Fitzy Rules’ – “never marry and never settle”. Mark’s life begins to unravel as he tries to manage the expectations of those closest to him and soon learns that with complacency comes risk.
The film won ‘Best Feature’ at the annual Hollywood Black Film Festival – dubbed ‘The Black Sundance’.
The award is especially significant as it’s the first feature-length film for the mostly Birmingham-born team: Director Dean Charles, Producer Nicola Gregory, Acting lead Neil Reidman, writer Owen Mowatt and Editor Andrew Webber.
“This film is for Birmingham,” says Charles. “We were all born and bred here and we are proud to have our UK premiere at the Birmingham Black International Film Festival.”
BIF is a “film festival with a difference, supporting music, live arts and education while providing platforms for practitioners and film makers to exhibit their creative talents.”
“We are all proud to bring home the glory after showing Hollywood that Birmingham has real talent,” says Charles.
The film soundtrack features 1979 smash hit ‘Silly Games’ (by Britain’s ‘Queen of Lover’s Rock’ Janet Kay) and “Weigh A Ton” and “No Pretence” from talented soul singer/songwriter Louise Golbey – lauded by JazzFm and BBC as ‘one to watch’.