The short film, Last Leg, was directed by Ella Bennet. The screenplay is by Jake Bryson and Ella Bennett. It has won several awards, including Crystal Palace International Film Festival London UK 2016. Last Leg is based on a true story, which highlights a hidden aspect of the society we live. An Afro-Caribbean girl, named Reyna, who has the talent and passion towards swimming, is the main subject of this story. Even though she had the passion towards swimming, she did not get the chance to pursue her dreams because of her abusive father. The short film depicts how she achieves her targets regardless of all the hardships that she has to face in day-to-day life.
Reyna is surrounded by a group of supportive friends. They help her with swimming practices and providing an excellent companionship. Unfortunately, Reyna has to live alone at home with her abusive father. Her father believes that swimming cannot do any good to her and the family. As a result, the father of Reyna beats her in a cruel way every time she speaks about swimming.
When this 15-year old girl comes to her father and says that she is getting ready to take part in a swimming competition, her father beats her and says not to go there as it cannot do any good to them. However, Reyna secretly attends the event and she becomes fortunate enough to win first place. At the moment, when she gets the Gold medal, her smile is bright smile. Unfortunately, that smile lasts only a few hours. When she goes home, the father of Reyna starts beating her in a cruel manner without even asking anything. After this incident, Reyna starts crying secretly and blood comes out of her nose. This clearly signifies the cruelty of the society and how women are abused.
**Warning there are scenes of violence**
Reyna can be considered a victim of both sexism and racism. She is being abused both mentally and physically by the domestic environment. She doesn’t have anyone to reach out to and seek support. Reyna is just a one girl who gets abused mentally and physically by the society. Thousands of other girls face similar situations in their lives, and are afraid to speak out in fear of retaliation, further abuse, or lack of support.
The short movie, Las Leg, tries to raise social awareness about the violence on women, who are experiencing abuse. Even though women are abused brutally, they still possess their skills. In other words, they don’t lack ambition, intelligence, or education. They have the ability to be self-motivated and reach the goals in life, even if they don’t receive any support from others, especially family members. This story is an inspiring for any girl who is being abused by society. She can think of taking Reyna as a role model. They may be able to overcome all the difficulties that face in life, and handle challenges in a positive way.
Official Release Date: January 6th 2017
Synopsis – Set in London during the 1980’s, Reyna a teenaged, aspiring swimmer, lives with her abusive father. She struggles to pursue her passion in swimming. Reyna trains for an upcoming competition at her school, aiming to win first place. With a father who controls the world around her, the goal to win is tested.
**Warning there are scenes of violence**
Read directors interview here: thenewcurrent.co.uk/bfi-future-film-festival-last-leg
Latimer Talks Competition 2015
Best Short Film – London Independent Film Festival 2016
Broadcasted on London Live in association with the Future Film Festival 2016
OFFICIAL SELECTION & SCREENINGS
The Smalls Film Festival 2016 – NOMINATED – Best Drama Shorts
Crystal Palace International Film Festival London UK 2016
London Independent Film Festival 2016
BFI Future Film Festival – Chop, Chop Event 2016
BFI Future Film Festival – Human Condition Programme 2016
Berlin Film Festival – Best European Talent Screening 2016
Victoria Film Festival – ConVerge for Youth 2016
Ravensbourne Final Digital Film Production Showcase @Hackneywick Behind This Wall 2015
‘New Directors, New Films Festival FEST 2015’, student programme, as part of the Ravensbourne student showcase. 2015
Ravensbourne Degree Show 2015
Director Of Photography
Mdhamiri A Nkemi
First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director
Jill Cherry – Godden
Underwater Camera Operator
Second Assistant Camera/Loaders
Digital Imaging Technician
Jonathan Stuart Roebuck
Behind The Scenes Videographers
Assistant Art Director
Very Special Thanks To
Aaron Jon Walters
Filmed On Location of Seven Islands Leisure Centre and Deptford
Filmed with Support Of Ravesnbourne College Of Design and Communication
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