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What is Brit.I.Am - The Film?

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Well, I shall tell you. In 2010 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I closed my stand up comedy show, "Afroblighty" with a poem called Brit.I.Am. The poem was my take on the things in British culture and society we love, hate, wish would change, and the things we hope will always be the same.

It occurred to me that the poem could translate to the screen, so I started looking at how to make it into a short film. It soon became obvious that this was not something I could do alone, and furthermore - I didn’t want to. I wanted to include as many people as possible.

I am freedom of speech,
I am nothing to say.
I’m chip paper tomorrow
Yet news today.
I am the angry Daily Mail,
I am the loony left…
The stoic, the conscious,
The confused, the bereft.
I’m pomp and circumstance,
I am a hideous past.
I am colonial might,
I am built to last.
I am the squandered youth,
I am the hopeful young.
I’m the desperate few,
The sense of one.
I am the influx, the exodus,
The growth, the dross.
I’m the wars, the victories,
The senseless loss.
I am stick thin models.
I am obesity rising.
I am 10 years younger,
I am binging and dieting.
I’m sticky back plastic
I am flower pot men
I’m Rainbow and Bod
and Magpie, Mr Benn
I am institutionally racist
I am ethnically diverse
I am PC gone mad
I am things getting worse
I am cancelled trains
I am call centre rage
I am national pride
I am “We rule the waves”
I’m all of these things,
Inherent, innate.
It’s what makes me Britain
And what makes me great.

We put out the call on social media for anyone who wanted to get involved by sending in video of themselves performing a line or section of the poem - and were overwhelmed by the response.

The editing process is where it all came alive - and our hope is the finished film provides a unique portrait of life in Britain today.

The finished film is being submitted to film festivals all over the world. Check out where you can
watch the film, or the trailer.

Andi xx

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