Lozells, 2005

Lozells, 2005

 

One years development of feature film idea inspired by my first ever documentary, Beauty Queens. Synopsis follows.

October 2005. Lozells Road in West Birmingham is a teeming melting pot of races and faces living in one of the most deprived parts of the city. Two friends, Nathaniel and Javed are bonded playstation and music buddies, but unlike many others around them, have actually decided to try and complete their A-Levels. Then, following rumours swirling around local pirate radio stations of a sexual assault of a young Jamaican minor by a shopkeeper at a Black beauty products shop, their worlds change forever. Over the course of a week, ‘Beauty Queens’ becomes the epicentre of increasing tensions and a symbol of disenfranchisement. To make matters worse, the shop is owned by Javed’s uncle. The pair are forced to pick loyalties and take sides normally alien to them. Their world, full of hope and possibility, now looks so much more complicated. The hysteria grows and communities struggle to see reason. Violence erupts. When the dust eventually settles, the question will be… can the scars ever be healed?