Synopsis: On a unusually sunny Sunday in East London, two best friends, Olivia and Rachel who are both craving ackee and saltfish, go to pick up some at their local Jamaican takeaway restaurant after Rachel forgets to soak the saltfish.

Director’s Statement: I am extremely excited to submit my short film, Ackee & Saltfish to the No Gloss Film Festival and I hope you enjoy it. The film was conceived out of the desire to talk about the intersection of gentrification in central metropolitan cities such as London, with class and race. A funny anecdote about the film and the team is that the exact scenario that plays out between Olivia and Rachel when looking for food in Dalston, happened to the myself and the Assistant Director, Abraham Popoola, on the last week of post-production when going to our favorite restaurant in Edmonton. The film was already based on a real event prior to the film but it was an extreme case of déjà vu on that second occasion, and a confirmation that we needed to tell this story.

“Ackee & Saltfish” had little to no budget, with minor expenses such as travel and chinese food covered by myself. However the quality of the acting and production would suggest otherwise, as our small team extremely worked hard to make something incredibly special and high quality out of nothing.

Ackee and Saltfish (UK)
Cecile Emeke

Ackee and Saltfish (UK) will be screened at No/Gloss Film Festival 2014. Buy tickets now!