A feature-length film based in Moss Side is set to premiere at the prestigious London Screenings this month.
The annual four-day export event provides a platform to celebrate and promote British films to the international market and this year Manchester film Lapse of Honour features in the breakthrough strand. It is the first urban feature film of its kind to come out of Manchester.
The film is Rayna Campbell’s directorial debut and stars newcomer Tom Collins (The Knife that killed me, Waterloo Road) alongside Lady Leshurr, Louis Emerick (Brookside) and Gary McDonald (Eastenders) and is set entirely in South Manchester.
Shot on location in Hulme, Old Trafford, Withington and Moss Side, it is described as a cross between Romeo and Juliet and 8 Mile.
A trailer of the film earned over 100,000 views in its first week of being uploaded to Facebook.
Rayna, who is now based in London, hails from Old Trafford and recently starred in the feature film Layla Fourie which opened in competition at The Berlin Film Festival and won the special mention award. Rayna also won Best Actress for the role at The Women’s International Film Festival in Morocco.
Rayna’s current project, The Shekinah Monologues, is a theatre play which is showing at Stun Studios at The Z Arts Centre in Hulme on 26 and 27 June. It is a collection of comedic and dramatic monologues performed by actors from Manchester and London about issues every one faces in life such as Facebook envy, gossip, depression, dealing with the death of a loved one, divorce, failing relationships, being competitive and trying to keep up with the Jones’s.
The play is raising money for the local Brook’s Bar church in Old Trafford so that they can repair their building and create a community centre to serve the homeless, needy and vulnerable. Tickets are available online at www.z-arts. org.