2021 SHORT FILM - INTERNATIONAL (Best Writing)

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Play It Safe - Mitch Kalisa
Chris Toumazou

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Play It Safe - Mitch Kalisa - Chris Toumazou

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Title: Play It Safe
Brand: Mitch Kalisa
Product: Chris Toumazou
Entrant Company: COMPULSORY
Brief Synopsis: Jonathan is out of place in his middle-class London drama school. Pigeonholed for a role as a Black hoodlum in a classmate’s play and coaxed by his teacher to take the typecast part, Jonathan decides to demonstrate to his peers their prejudices, during a class role play exercise.

Play it Safe is a story about implicit bias: unconscious racism by those who think of themselves as above prejudice, but whose conditioned racism is just as impactful as those who wear their intolerance proudly. Jonathan’s realisation that he is not in a liberal safe-space, but that his seemingly well-intended classmates hold entrenched stereotypes, reflects the real stories of countless drama students across the UK.
Writer/Concept: Mitch Kalisa
Completion Date: 2021-01-15
Editor: Mitch Kalisa
Cinematographer: Jaime Ackroyd
Sound: Focal Rhythm Productions
Casting: Martha Stewart 

Key Cast Members: Jonathan- Jonathan Ajayi
Key Cast Members: Tori - Heather Alexander

Key Cast Members: Olivia - Kate Ovenden
Key Cast Members: Christian - Charlie O’Connor
Key Cast Members: Henry - Louis Richards
Other: 1st AD- Ty Hack
Other: Executive Producers- Kadri Mahmoud & Chris Toumazou
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