Film Network visits the South London set of the freestyle basketball movie.
On a rainy afternoon in South London, Film Network visited the set of the new freestyle basketball produced by the BBC Films and the UK Film Council as part of their %3Ca%20href="/filmnetwork/tags/microwave-scheme">Microwave funding scheme.
Director Kolton Lee has had a varied career that's taken in journalism, editorship and, yes, playing professional basketball, before deciding to direct Michael Maynard's script about a teen romance set against a freestyling competition. The aim was to produce a film that captures the dynamic, urban feel of some of the recent American teen-dance films, while also displaying a typically British social commentary.
We watched Kolton at work on set, while also chatting to producer Lincia Daniel about the difficulties in mounting this low-budget production. We also met star Arinze Kene, one of several actors discovered through the film's open audition sessions, which were advertised on popular social networking websites.
%3Ca%20href="http://microwave.filmlondon.org.uk/get_inspired/freestyle/">Find out more about the film and the Film London Microwave scheme here
%3Ca%20href="/filmnetwork/features/freestyle_interviews">See our interview with director Kolton Lee and the cast here.
%3Ca%20href="%3Ca%20href="/bbcfilms/film/freestyle">Visit the BBC Films page on Freestyle, including the trailer, here
%3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/london/hi/people_and_places/arts_and_culture/newsid_8520000/8520899.stm">BBC News: Basketball film jumps through the right hoops
Interviews and text by James Rocarols; filming and editing by Stephen Bailey
Freestyle is released on Friday 26th February
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