On The Edge, Channel 4’s anthology of (3×30) short films is back for a second series. The films, produced by BlackLight Television, a Banijay Group company, and written and directed by new talent in the UK, look at the lives of three diverse characters trying to find their place in the world.
This year, the films focus on three unusual love stories depicting characters and worlds “not often seen on British TV.”
The cast across the anthology include BAFTA winner Jack Rowan (Born to Kill, Peaky Blinders), BAFTA nominated Amanda Redman (New Tricks, The Good Karma Hospital), Michael Socha (This is England ’90, Electric Dreams), Catherine Steadman (Downton Abbey, Victoria), Rudi Dharmalingam (The Split, Dark Money), Andi Osho (Kiri, Curfew), Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, In the Club) WhatsOnStage Award winner Jamael Westman (Hamilton) and newcomers India Eva Rae and Juliet Okotie.
On The Edge is developed though the 4Stories initiative, the channel’s scheme for new diverse talent.
Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama at Channel 4, said: “It’s such a privilege to be able to give a voice to the very best new writing and directing talent in On The Edge, 4Stories. This year’s films have a thrilling, fresh perspective on modern Britain, and are told with heart, humour and utter fearlessness.”
Philip Trethowan, Executive Producer for BlackLight Television, said: “We are delighted to be working with Channel 4 once again to introduce the best new writing and directing talent to the industry. Supporting such exciting and diverse emerging talent is something we are incredibly proud of and it is fantastic that Channel 4 provide the platform to make their voices heard.”
The films are Adulting, a story about a neuro-diverse girl and a lost boy. Candice (India Eva Rae) is a young vulnerable woman who desperately wants some independence and has moved into her own flat. Kems (Jack Rowan – Born to Kill) is a young man, down on his luck, sleeping on his mate Olly’s (Michael Socha – This is England ’90) sofa to get away from his alcoholic dad. A chance meeting between the two leads to an intimate friendship, but when Olly calls in a favour, Kems feels under pressure to take advantage of Candice. Written by Chinonyerem Odimba and directed by Ash Morris.
For You is described as a “funny and heartbreaking” story about mental health. Rev (Rudi Dharmalingam – The Split) and girlfriend Alex (Catherine Steadman – Downton Abbey) are passionately in love but Rev suffers from anxiety and depression which he tries to control with therapy, medication and mindfulness. Things come to a head at Alex’s sister’s wedding weekend when Rev is confronted by her family’s prejudice. Also stars Amanda Redman (New Tricks) as Alex’s mother. Written by J C Servante and directed by Stroma Cairns.
BBW is a “funny, vibrant and heartwarming coming of age tale” about a young plus-size British Nigerian woman trying to find her voice. Everyone in Remi’s (Juliet Okotie) life thinks they know what she should do. Her father (Jude Akuwudike – Fortitude) wants her forgiveness, her mother (Andi Osho – Kiri) wants her to grow up and get a job, her friends (Paisley Billings – Tattoo Fixers and Rose-Marie Christian) think she’s too trusting of her new man (Jamael Westman – Hamilton). Remi just wants her life to begin but will she ever be able to take control? Written by Yolanda Mercy and directed by William Stefan Smith.
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