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Real

Directed by Aki Omoshaybi
2020
UK
78 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Aki Omoshaybi makes a stunning debut as director and actor in this heartfelt and uplifting romance about a Black working-class couple in Portsmouth, filmed in just 12 days.
Kyle (Omoshaybi) and Jamie (Pippa Bennett-Warner, Gangs of London) meet in a convenience store. Her credit card is declined and he gallantly offers to pick up the bill. The charismatic Kyle gives the impression that he is a lawyer; Jamie says that she has an office job, and the two set up a date. But Kyle is actually on the brink of homelessness, lugging around all his possessions in a bin bag. Jamie is a single mother who has a part-time job in a supermarket. Can they still make their relationship work when the truth is revealed? Made on a small budget and shot in 12 days, the beautifully acted Real boasts a raw authenticity and marks the emergence of a promising new talent in Omoshaybi.
It’s an optimistic, tender film with more authenticity in its little finger than plenty of films by more experienced directors.
Cath Clarke, The Guardian
Good love stories are hard to find – consider this one of them.
Danny Leigh, Financial Times

Tickets

Thu 4 Nov
8pm
Dendy Newtown 3
Past Event Cancel
Fri 12 Nov
8:45pm
Dendy Newtown 5
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Features, On Demand
Year
2020
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
UK
Language
In English
Director
Aki Omoshaybi
Producer
Aki Omoshaybi, Tori Butler-Hart, Matthew Butler-Hart
Cast
Aki Omoshaybi, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Karen Bryson
Screenwriter
Aki Omoshaybi, Paulette Mbassa
Cinematographer
Michael Edo Keane
Editor
Rebecca Lloyd
Genre
Politics & Economics
Company Credits
Festival Contact: Aki Omoshaybi
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