Q&A Kolton Lee & Preview of Freestyle

Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ondene (Lucy Konadu) is beautiful, talented, and destined to study law at Oxford if she gets the required A-Levels. Nothing less will satisfy her domineering mother, Hyacynth (Suzann McLean). When a basketball court is set up near her private school, Ondene is charmed by a charismatic, good-looking freestyle basketball player, Leon (Arinze Kene), and they decide to enter a competition.

Balancing her future prospects and her newfound passion, Ondene has to make tough decisions about her family, education, and the man she loves.

The London Film School are hosting a special sneak preview of Freestyle followed by Q&A with director Kolton Lee and actors Lucy Konadu Arinze Kene , James Hamilton , Rhoda M'Hango. Chaired by Mia Bays

Kolton is an established Director and Writer. He represented the UK as an international basketball player before turning to sports journalism. He worked for The Voice, and became editor within a year, before becoming news editor for The News on Sunday.

Kolton worked for the BBC before being accepted for The National Film And Television School where he was signed up by a film agent the moment he graduated. He worked on several TV series, including Eastenders before taking on directing projects in New York. Whilst there, he made the acclaimed short film, American Mod, and his play, An Evening with Michael Jordan, was staged at the Natural Black Theatre of Harlem.

Kolton wrote and directed the low budget feature film Cherps (“a brash indie debut…a fitting ‘Alfie’ for these times..” Variety.com) for which he won an Independent Spirit Award. Cherps has played in festivals across the world and was recently bought by the BBC to be broadcast as part of their British film season. Kolton’s most recent film Blood was also recently sold to MTV in North America.

Freestyle was developed and produced as part of Film London’s Microwave programme.

Launched in 2006, Microwave is a groundbreaking scheme set up by Film London with BBC Films, which has extensive support from Skillset. It challenges London-based film-makers to shoot a feature film for up to £100,000 with cash and in-kind support. Microwave provides an intensive approach to film-making with the emphasis on original ideas, tightly focussed scripts and short production schedules. The film-makers are supported by extensive training and mentoring from the initial conception of the project all the way through to its release. More info about the Microwave programme can be found on their website (http://microwave.filmlondon.org.uk/).

Freeway is released in cinemas on 26 February by Revolver.

A preview of Freestyle Followed by Q&A with director Kolton Lee and actors Lucy Konadu Arinze Kene , James Hamilton , Rhoda M'Hango

The London Film School,
24 Shelton Street, WC2 9UB

5.45 pm, Mon 15 February, 2010


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