4Stories is Channel 4 talent scheme, designed to bring on and help establish the next generation of writers and directors.
The scheme aims to find genuinely diverse voices, exploring contemporary stories of and by communities that are rarely seen on mainstream television. Applications are encouraged from talent currently under-represented in TV Drama – including women, disabled talent, BAME talent, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
We are thrilled to welcome 4 Stories Producer Lisa Walters and Directors Dionne Edwards (That Girl), Stella Corradi (Through the Gates) and Anwar Boulifa (A Mother’s Love) for a Q&A following the screening of last year’s 4 Stories films; where they will talk about their experience, what 4Stories are looking for and the opportunities the initiative provides.
There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions during the Q&A as well and talk more with the team during the networking session in our cinema Bar following the screening.
In partnership with BFI NETWORK and Film Hub North
- That Girl. Written by Rose Lewenstein and directed by Dionne Edwards
That Girl centres around the friendship between Ashley (Chanel Cresswell) and Becca (Alexandra Roach). Free-spirited Ashley refuses to grow up, enabled by sensible flatmate Becca. But when she is forced to confront a reality she tried to bury in her past, Ashley’s life begins to unravel. Will she take the law into her own hands?
‘A sensitive and terrifying depiction, handling its subject matter with delicacy while remaining realistically raw, and in doing so proving that the future of television is undoubtedly bright. A triumph for all involved.” The Telegraph
- A Mother’s Love – written by Janice Okoh, directed by Anwar Boulifa.
The lives of single mum Josephine (Nadine Marshall) and her 11 year old son Ishmael (Keajohon Jennings Dillon) are shattered when he witnesses a gangland crime on their estate and is asked to testify against the killer. Under threat, they find sanctuary in the middle class home of Josephine’s sister Claudia and her disapproving husband Patrick. When Josephine starts to have doubts about her son’s account, she is torn between wanting to believe him and the suspicions that circle him. Is he being unfairly judged?
“So tense, so sharp bladed, that Okoh should be banned from further writing on public health grounds… it will linger for a long time after.” ***** The Telegraph
- Through the gates- written by Georgia Christou and directed by Stella Coraddi
Aimee (Ria Zmitrowicz) has spent most of her young, chaotic life in and out of prison. Tessa (Wunmi Mosaku) is the disillusioned parole officer in charge of Aimee’s welfare after her release, living her own life of organised chaos under the watchful eye of boss, Mark (Craig Parkinson). Although from different worlds, both are trapped in cycles they can’t escape. Can they help each other find a way out?
‘Slalomed with great economy and skill between comedy and commentary, between searing heartache and a final uplifting tableau.’ The Arts Desk