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Brum film-maker leading way in black film festival.

Byline: Graham Young Film Editor

THE premiere of a dramatised documentary illustrating the difficulties of former prisoners reintegrating back into society is one of the highlights of this year's Black International Film Festival in Birmingham.

Backed by the charity Bringing Hope, city filmmaker Daniel Anderson will see his film Inside Out premiered from 7pm at Cineworld Broad Street on Monday.

Scored with an original sound-track, Inside Out features a dramatised narrative, interviews with exoffenders, families and key experts.

The central theme is explored through the eyes of Adrian Spence, a fictional former gangland character based on case studies from the city-based charity Bringing Hope, which works with people effected by serious violence and crime.

He is seen battling to get his life back on track after serving a seven-year sentence but personal life pressures and his relationship with his ex-girlfriend affect his journey.

Bringing Hope's motto is based on the African Proverb "It takes a Village to grow the Child."

It works at the root of violent crime and social exclusion to help reduce re-offending rates, support desistance and build stronger families and communities to break cycles of crime.

The eighth annual Black International Film Festival runs from Monday until next Saturday.

Other screenings, at the Mocking Bird Theatre, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, include Murdered by My Boyfriend + short film 5 Mins (Tuesday, 7pm) as well as the short film Family Reunion (Mon, 7pm). A feature film called Cake Maker (plus short film Second Wind) is showing online at 7pm on Thursday, October 30 at BIFF Digital.

The Cake Maker is a comedy-thriller centred around one woman, Roxy, and the men in her life.

Matt bakes for his boss, nightclub owner Frank, and occasionally works as a lookout on the street.

Roxy is a prostitute who does a runner after a "business disagreement." As part of the festival the Movie Video & Screen Awards (MViSAs) will be held at the ICC on November 1. The awards will be hosted by EastEnders actor Rudolph Walker and he will be joined on stage by TV presenter and award comedienne Angie Le Mar.



Rudolph |Walker (with Shane Richie in EastEnders, will present the awards

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Oct 25, 2014
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