Kibwe Tavares is his name; filmmaking is his game.
His last 2 short films both screened at the Sundance Film Festival: a work of animation titled Robots From Brixton (2012); and this one, a delightful mix of live-action and CG work titled Jonah (2013).
Back-to-back Sundance selections is obviously a great look for the British filmmaker.
Here’s how Jonah, is described:
Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot-spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn’t what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.
The film stars a pair of young British actors whose names you might recognize – Daniel Kaluuya and Malachi Kirby.
Also, veteran thespian Louis Mahoney co-stars.
After 2 impressive short films, Mr Tavares is a talent to watch. I’m looking forward to what he does next.
Here’s Jonah in full: