8 May - 12 May
The Sunday Practise Film Club
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"SMALL SPACES" Cassia – Alfie Barker
Join this festival edition of The Sunday Practise as we highlight the North’s creative gems through film, performance and workshops. This event forms part of our The Sunday Practise – Festival Edition event.
The Sunday Practise Film Club will screen 5 short poetry-related films commissioned by the BBC, roundhouse and other reputable organisations. Each of the Shorts either feature, or have been directed by, Northern talent. We have invited a few of the film directors, including Zodwa Nyoni, Jamal Gerald and Alfie Barker, for a panel discussion and Q&A at Leeds Central Library with Studio 12.
In 2014, I won the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme with my play, Boi Boi is Dead; and was made Writer-in-Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. I was put up for the award by Alex Chisholm, then Literary Associate at the Playhouse.
The residency allows for a writer to develop their practice with the support from the literary department. Each residency is tailored to suit the writer’s needs. At the time of my appointment I’d recently graduated from my MA in Writing for Performance and Publication at Leeds University. I had a body of work in theatre, radio and film which had been written during my course or been commissioned by Freedom Studios and WYP.
Jamal Gerald is an artist based in Leeds. His work is conversational, socially conscious, a celebration of individuality and focuses on identity and lived experiences. Mostly making the type of work that he wants to see. Trying to make sure that each piece he creates is a different form to the one he made before. He has made work for poetry slams, films, parties, cafes and theatres. Jamal started off his career with Leeds Young Authors; a creative writing and performance group for the ages of 13-19. With Leeds Young Authors, he has competed in poetry slam competitions nationally and in the USA. One of the competitions being ‘Brave New Voices’.
He has made work in many different forms, such as a solo show where he shares autobiographical stories about being black and gay, to having one-to-one conversations about privilege, to stripping down to his underwear in the city centre of Leeds in a short film, and an interactive performance where he puts words in people’s mouths. In 2016, he nationally toured his first solo show ‘FADoubleGOT’. He was also a co-deviser and performer for the critically acclaimed ‘Putting Words in Your Mouth’, which premiered at the Roundhouse in November 2016; it was devised and directed by Scottee.
In 2018, he was commissioned by Transform and Theatre in the Mill, to make a new show called ‘Idol’, which will premiere at Transform 19 in Leeds. Jamal’s work has also been shown at SPILL Festival of Performance, Leeds Playhouse, Battersea Arts Centre and the Barbican.
Alfie is a 22 year old writer and director.
He recently directed, produced and edited TV mini-series “PRESENT TENSE” that is currently in post-production.
Last year he premiered his latest short, I WAS 3 starring KATIE JARVIS (Fish Tank) at the BFI. It was then chosen as a finalist for the Sundance Ignite Competition and won Best Film at Cinemagic Film Festival. His upcoming project was developed with Creative England’s ShortFLIX and is due to be shot in 2019.
Alfie is an alumni of the BFI Film Academy graduating from the National Film and Television School (NFTS) Talent Campus, director of short film BEEN A RIOT.