MEAT
Concept Reel:

France, 1945: An African goddess finds a British soldier wandering through her forest. She tries to save his life, but he's determined to get his head ripped off.

MEAT is a short film about gender politics, colonialism and who consumes who. Running time 10mins.

STATUS : FUNDING

We are actively raising our budget for this film. If you would like to support ambitious female filmmaking, please get in touch at team[at]bantucreatives.com or anastasia.v.marshall[at]gmail.com

Bantu Creatives is a Kent-based collective founded by producer & actress Chipo Kureya. She has already had a hugely positive influence on the film's development and we are now working to raise the budget required to make it a reality. 

If you'd like to support MEAT, please email team[at]bantucreatives.com 

for more information. 

Latest Updates:

Feature-film casting director Manuel Puro is on board to find us our leading actors. 

SYNOPSIS

MEAT is a reimagining of the Artemis myth; when a hunter dares to look upon the goddess bathing, she turns him into a stag and his own hounds tear him to pieces. In this version, Art is the voyeur of a British soldier who wanders into her forest. Thanks to a language barrier, Joseph mistakes her warnings for fear and steps up to be the hero of the hour. Art does her best to send him away to safety but he follows her deeper into the trees, only to meet a bloody end. It’s a story about gender roles, colonialism and how we consume women’s bodies.

DISTRIBUTION & IMPACT

MEAT’s dual language script opens doors to a wide audience and we aim to attract finance partners in France as well as in the UK. Our aim for MEAT is an ambitious festival circuit (namely BFI LFF, Aesthetica, Encounters and Underwire) and we are working with strategist Rebekah Smith (the Film Festival Doctor) to have the best possible shot at achieving this. Our end goal is distribution at culturally relevant spaces, such as the Africa Centre, Imperial War Museum and WOW festival, all of whom are keen to support the project and see a finished version of the film. 

We hope the film’s social impact will be thought-provoking as well as inspiring, especially to women of colour, who are rarely afforded a powerful leading role on screen. In this vein, we are dedicated to building a female-led crew of local talent, with all HODs identifying as women or non-binary individuals.

WRITER - DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

I want to explore how gender expectations are a language in themselves, leading us to make assumptions and take on roles that we perhaps would not choose. Art is no damsel in distress and Joseph’s unwitting arrogance as “strong male hero” stops him seeing that it is his life that’s in danger. With the casting of a Black actress in the lead role, we are also commenting on the “White Saviour'' complex. MEAT empowers a woman in her own realm, while in wider society she would be oppressed by the man whose life she tries to protect. I do not want to shy away from the themes of colonialism (represented by Joseph’s uniform) and of human flesh, women’s bodies in particular, being seen as “meat” for trade and consumption. This applies both to the historical context of the film and also to cinema’s predominantly male gaze.  

With these weighty themes at the story’s core, my intention is to pull the audience in with suspense and dark humour. Joseph speaks in English and Art in French. By way of subtitles, only the audience will have the full picture and an awareness of the gender roles at play in the dialogue. I intend to build in enough tension and jeopardy that, if subtitles were removed, an English-speaking audience might experience MEAT as a horror, from Joseph’s perspective. From Art’s point of view, the events that unfold are more comical in their inevitability. This tension is where I will create dark humour and drive the narrative.

If you'd like to support MEAT, please email team[at]bantucreatives.com

for more information.