Abi – Being Black & 6teen

Director, Lainey Richardson, dramatizes a poem by a Abi Simms, a 16 year old from South London. She wrote the poem on hearing about the death of George Floyd, and through her pain wanted to write about the precarious experience of being black and adolescent.

Production Details & Description

ABI: BEING BLACK & 6TEEN, 4 mins, poetry film, UK, 2021

BB&6T features 16-year-old Abi Simms from Thornton Heath, South London and her spoken-word piece about what it feels like to be Black and 16 in Britain, penned the day she found out about the murder of George Floyd.
Final instalment of the commercial campaign for charity @footabllbeyondborders who’ve been providing support to hundreds of school-age kids during the Covid-19 lockdown, including young Abi.

Written by & starring @abisimms_x

Charity: @footballbeyondborders
Agency: @darkhorsesldn
Creative Director: Adam Burns
Production Company: @caviar.tv
Director: @laineyfromlondon
Managing EP: @scorchshepherd
EP: @elliegoodwin
Producer: @natashab
Production Assistant: @ivy.richardson, @its_samiracle

Cinematographer: @jake_gabbay
1st AD: @yazzypresents
1st AC: @jamesroberthills @nowthenpete
2nd AC: @williamcrafts
Gaffer: @k_brown_gaffer
Sound Recordist: @jezbrownsound
Spark: @max_gabbay
Hair & Make-up: @laurainebailey
Camera car: @josephydudleystrongman / Natasja Dudley / @henrywestray

Camera hire: @panavision
Grip hire: @ferelequipment
Lighting hire: @panaluxworld
Editors: @haas3503 / @work_by_art_at_work @workeditorial
Post Production: @electric.theatre.collective Luke Morrison, Oliver Whitworth
SOUND: @750_mph
Music Score: @guy_wampa_wood
Music Licensing for Stormzy:  @iamedw4ard
Stormzy and his management & Warner Chapel

Photographers (in order of appearance)
@seanpressley_, @joelhoneywell, @rayneutron, @whoisdamaster, @kiana.bosman, @fideletty, @jekafe, @sirius.film, @totheppl, @jveloz, @jassieuo (model: @nyadhuor; stylist: @j.i.nnamani ; mua: @champaineivy), @visualsbyk, @mahaneela.jpg, @bobbyrogers_, @joanvillalon, @gmalhotra, @claybanks, @flongala,@nolis

Special thanks
Abi & Her dad Anthony, Stefan Imeson, Bacon’s College, Blessed and Patrick at Blessed West-Indian Take-away, London Borough of Southwark, Lee Pavey, Oliver Whitworth