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Benjamin Bond to release “The Drifters” this April

Starcross Entertainment and Central City Media area thrilled to announce the release of their new feature drama THE DRIFTERS in virtual cinemas from 3rd April and on demand in the UK from 5th April 2021 and in the US on SVOD streamer Urbanflix.

With its World Premiere at Sao Paulo International Film Festival, THE DRIFTERS is written and directed by veteran screenwriter and producer Benjamin Bond (Skins, Killing Bono), starring Lucie Bourdeu (En Famille, Tout ce Qui Brill) and rising UK star Jonathan Ajayi (Wonder Woman 1984, Noughts & Crosses, BIFA longlisted), THE DRIFTERS is a love story about identity and place in a post-Brexit United Kingdom.

Koffee, an African migrant, and Fanny, a French waitress, are two lost souls who attempt to find home in one another and escape the labels that inevitably leave them homeless.

THE DRIFTERS is produced by BAFTA award-winning producer and development executive Iona Sweeney (Lizard Girl, Found), and executive produced by Andy Brunskill (Jet Trash, Lilting, Homebound), Elinor Day (East Is East, Charlotte Gray, The Warrior, Killing Me Softly, Killing Eve)Paul Ashton (Calibre, Adult Life Skills, Shifty, Westwood)Evan Leighton-Davis (Sweetheart)Ben Thompson (Brooklands) and Patrick Milling-Smith (Wild Geese, Becket).

THE DRIFTERS is Benjamin Bond’s directorial debut, and the story has a long personal history for him. He explains, “Ten years ago, even before the migration crisis dominated the political and media landscape in Europe, I was increasingly interested in ideas around freedom of movement,” he says.

“I had spent some time in Senegal working on the music concert ‘Africa Live’ for PBS. I met a lot of West African musicians and spoke to a lot of local people, there were so many young people leaving Africa on foot. That’s a big story now but it wasn’t then. I became interested in the disparity between where I could go and what I could do versus people who couldn’t even leave their countries.”

So a few years ago, he picked up the issue again from a different angle:

“What if one of these adventurers had made it all the way to the UK? How would their life look and what if we could tell that story without them having any psychological baggage, they were just getting on with it. Would that be refreshing? And let’s say they fell in love with someone who was free to go where they wanted. That was the germ of THE DRIFTERS.”

THE DRIFTERS will be released in virtual UK cinemas from 3rd April and on demand from 5th April. It will be released in the US on SVOD streamer Urbanflix and international sales by Media Luna.

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