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Freestyle: set visit

Freestyle: set visit

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BBC Film Network visits the South London set of the freestyle basketball movie, produced by BBC Films as part of the Microwave scheme.

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 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.

Find out more about the film and the Film London Microwave scheme here

See our interview with director Kolton Lee and the cast here.

Visit the BBC Films page on Freestyle, including the trailer, here

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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