Yesterday I went with my friend Yixiang to the British Film Institute's Future Film Festival at BFI Southbank, organised by BBC Blast.
The hour of films opened with Estate.Us by Peter Johnson, which was set on an estate in Tottenham, North London. It reminded me slightly of The Wire in the way it gave a thorough and sometimes sympathetic depiction of petty and not so petty criminals, as well as innocent people caught up in it all.
Estate.Us focused on the life of Tyrell and his odds on avoiding a life of crime, and the film was shot with help from The Bridge NDC , a local regeneration project.
Second was the short and sweet Me and My Home, where Anca from Transylvania showed us her home and family, as part of a digital pen pal project.
Then the light-hearted "Jokes from around the World", where immigrants shared their stories of confusion in London , including not understanding how eggs can only be boguht in a sextet, or how escalators worked.
Rule 2, a longer film about a solider and how his conversation via a webcam with his family became more false as both sides struggled to hide their worries, followed, and then in Old Journey Back Home, Arbnor, a sixteen year old boy from Kosovo, interviewed his grandfather about life in Eastern Europe.
After a short film called tuesday reflecting on the filmmaker's life, an excellent documentary about children with disabilities called Personal Demons was shown.
A boy in a wheelchair explained how he wanted to be able to play football, while a girl told us about her Asperger's syndrome.
Sadly we didn't have time to see Pimp It or Stop as there was an interval due to a technical change, but I enjoyed all the films, especially Estate.Us and Personal Demons.
The Future Film Festival takes place every month and is for 15-25 year olds. Admission is free and you can find out more information here.