UK FILM / MUSIC: ‘WAR SONG’ FROM THE FILM 1 DAY

War Song is the first video clip taken from the up and coming film 1 Day, which is set on the ‘mean’ streets of Birmingham.

1 Day will be released in cinemas on the November 6th 2009. However I am guessing that this film will only be released in “select” cinemas… but I could be wrong. Please feel free to correct me producers if I am in fact wrong.  

Via Pbleepd Blog

What is this scene depicting…. gang banging on the streets of Birmingham???  

The UK just loves to follow fashion! LOL!!!!

The Bloods and Crips have a lot to answer for……………..

Click here to view the official 1 Day website / trailers.

So who plans on venturing out to see this film?

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  1. the actual film is actuallly quite funny!!!
    i went to the premier fffing and blinding and i came out actuallly impressed
    theres a message in there its not all about glorification of gang culture
    but its starts from an honest basic level!! of yes the idolisation of american street culture but theres a few twists and turns in there that make it almost a musical version of boys in the hood!!!!
    ( you lot know me i will speak my mind and cuss or ignore this type of thing … but this film goes deeper ( it actuallly depicts black street culture in a way I HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE ON BRITISH TELEVISION)
    THIS ONE IS A DONT KNOCK IT TILL YOU WATCH IT FILM..
    THERES SOME BITS THAT WILL HAVE YOU CRACKING UP WITH LAUGHTER if you are open enough to see it for what it is….
    i think this film far far far outshines any of the recent ( uk street films i have seen) including the series on tv that i cant remember… check it out peeps ..

  2. its one of those… i think some of the characters and actors in this film may get work.. if it blows up sufficiantly!!… the main guy the main character actuallly looks like rodney p younger brother … .. its one of those ones … far outshines the things ive seen on tv lately….
    janice

    theres scenes in church…… scenes in different places… it kinda give you a typical backdrop of ghetto normal life too….
    theres a twist.. and a kinda moral to it.. but you got to watch it to see it……
    i actuallly want this film in my house….
    and i dont want none of the normal stuff i’m seeing on tv…
    but this I AINT SEEN IT DONE BETTER.. BIRMINGHAM BIG UP!!!

  3. @Tyisicloser: you’re right it’s just like a musical of Boys In The Hood

    I went to a screening of it and at first I was like ‘WTF?’ but it’s quite a good film, even though I believe it certainly does glorify gun culture

    There are definitely some bits that will have you laughing hard – the Jamaican granny is so funny.

  4. This film was selected for the Times BFI film festival, which is currently running and they don’t accept NO rubbish believe that lol,… I think it has a few respected people from the film making industry behind it as well, I remember reading up … the producer and diredtor If I think.

    anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing this, quality black cinema is long over due in this country!

  5. Read about this film a few days ago, and to be honest kind of dismissed it – a hip hop musical set in Birmingham? Made by some old white lady??
    But by the comments above it seems I was too quick to judge it without actually seeing it. I’ll have to check it out now!

    @FR how would you define Black cinema?

  6. @ Pheva… I would define black cinema, or maybe not define -but I see Black Cinema as… films that were made with mainly a black crew, or mainly a black cast, or films that cover what are thought to be issues that mainly arise within the black community, and comedy / drama type films that the black community on a whole can strongly relate to…

    not so much ‘kidadulthood’ and ‘adulthood’, but more ‘bullet boy 2004’, ‘Babylon 1980’, ‘Babymother 1998’ & ‘Fallout 2008 (by Roy Williams)’

    How would u define, or how do u see / understand black cinema???

  7. @FR.. kind of agree with you – films written, directed and produced by black people, about issues within our community, from our point of view. A film with an all black cast but written & directed by a white person for example is not in my view a ‘Black’ film, whether it is good or not. The only reason I asked is that your comment about quality black cinema made me think.

    @Janice yeah, filmmaker Penny Woolcock – nothing wrong with her making the film if it is as good as they say, but it’s another reason why I asked FR the question above!

  8. @ pheva – ok, fair point, … but… I know their isn’t a so called genre for ‘white cinema’ lol… but if there was this film might qualify -it’s called ‘A way of life’…2004

    has an all white cast… minus 1/2?

    filmed in wales, following a story many white folk could probably relate to, but… was written & directed by Amma Asante… a black women, from London? what does she know about the life and times of white folk out in wales>? lol

    I think their are a small amount of special people that are ‘in tuned’ to whats going on around them, and what to speak on it, regardless of their colour, class etc… I think, maybe Penny Woolcock maybe one of them?

    maybe , either that or it’s something each, but I’ll keep that to myself for now LOL.

  9. also just saw this video on Youtube, thought some u might wanna see…

    it’s a clip from 1 Day, little insight into how the musical thing comes across, it looks good still, if penny wrote all this she’s on point LOL

  10. There are lots of examples of writers/directors who depict areas of culture that don’t come from the said community and do an excellent job as long as they research and respect the medium…if i was a writer i would hate to think that given the one-dimensional stereotype of black culture this film depicts (good or not) that i would be relegated to a life of writing about only this style of life.

    One example: The No1 Detective Agency -Alexander McCall Smith- Scottish

  11. True points from FR and Reclaimin’…I see where you’re coming from. I guess it’s like music in a way. Respect the medium and the story you’re telling and if you do a good job it’s all good.

    But – if I was to curate a season of Black film at the BFI, I would still use my criteria above.

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