SKILLS: Jason Barrett (right) and Harvey star in the film
HOW REFRESHING to watch a film that has broken down the impenetrable wall that surrounds the public and over roasted image of the black community. Not a gun or estate in sight.
Jason Barrett's The Naked Poet, explores the complex mindset of central character Lazarus, played by Barrett, who repeats history by following his father's indulgence of juggling a love triangle whilst battling his own drug addiction demons.
Featuring a host of talented black British actors such as former EastEnders stars Mohammed George, Michelle Gayle and Petra Letang, along with former So Solid star MC Harvey, The Naked Poet displays the not-so-shocking truth that the black community enjoy the finer things in life, such as Bentleys, Ferraris and penthouses, courtesy of a good honest day's slog at the office.
Barrett, who also wrote, produced and directed the film, is a testimony to the quadruple threat of an unstoppable filmmaker with a message to send. His consistent performance bewitches and transports the audience into the centre of a tormented man's mind.
A miniscule budget of £120,000, reduced from half a million due to lack of funding, and a shooting diary of three weeks was well exhausted, and in the craftsmanship of just a few scenes, evidently so. Nevertheless, The Naked Poet's cinematography features some of London's best locations.
It is a groundbreaking and gripping film that will leave you thirsting for more depictions of this little-told tale of black middle-class culture. The Naked Poet is Britain's answer to US show Baldwin Hills... but with grown ups.
The Naked Poet is due for release later this year. For more information visit www.thenakedpoetfilm.com