Fredi ‘Kruga’ Nwaka, a former UK hip-hop pioneer, who was once an affiliate of the Wu-Tang Clan family (do your research), held a screening of his latest films If Only and Some Things last week.
The Saturday evening event was held at the BAFTA, Piccadilly, and two sets of screenings catered to an audience that kept piling in until the night drew to a close.
Some notable faces to grace the event were rapper Akala, the Man Dem On the wall trio, Arnold Oceng and Angel; all paying respect to the UK director.
If Only is a vivid and powerful portrayal of the crime webs that weave through the streets of London. In terms of short films, If Only goes some distance in creating a lasting impression of the volatile nature of gang crime, in the viewer’s mind. It encapsulates many areas of crime, from rivalry to revenge and mayhem to murder, all to the backdrop of an innocent children’s game of Ludo.
While gang crime features heavily in many British urban films, If Only draws attention to it in a way that really counts. The film shows the pitfalls of gang affiliation, and depicts how one gang member can be a deadly sink-hole, drawing pain and eventually people towards themselves in a drawn-out but ultimately tragic fashion.
The short film touches on an issue that is a no-brainer for most men – someone hits your woman they’re going to have to pay. But it doesn’t shy away from a palpable karma where one’s ‘gangsta’ antics create a domino effect of destruction.
Some Things is a film that depicts a young schoolgirl’s battle with a sexually-abusive step dad. Based on a true story, this is by no means a film for the faint-hearted. It delves into areas that most of us are aware of but are unlikely to have experienced.
Written and directed by Fredi Kruga, this short film has several great performances, that together create a very emotive response to the point where you are almost mentally willing some kind of justice to prevail. Danielle Walters (Ashley Walter’s wife) plays an excellent example of the parent who is oblivious to their child’s attempts to speak out. In a tense showdown between mother and daughter, the cliché of the fatherless child who is merely attention seeking rears its ugly head.
All in all, Some Things covers ground that a lot of writers would rather avoid, but it does so in a thought-provoking and credible way.