Happyslap (2009) – Film noir for the surveillance generation…
A film by Helena Thompson for SPID Theatre Company and Ash & Naeem Mahmood for Transient Film Exchange
Winner of the Apollo Award for Best Youth Arts Project in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
It’s Halloween, and the memory of teenage Max’s suicide is fresh on the estate. His best friend Akeem is out for revenge, dead set on punishing the local bullies whose mobile clips made Max’s life hell. Only femme fatale Abigail seems to understand – but could she have her own agenda?
Max is dead. Who’s to blame? A dark tale of suicide, revenge… and Bluetooth.
SPID collaborated with Ash and Naeem Mahmood of Transient Film Exchange to create Happyslap based on our show Kensal Youth. Happyslap was funded by Mediabox to involve disadvantaged young people in filmmaking of high artistic quality.
Happyslap screened on Community Channel (Sky 539, Virgin TV 233 and Freeview 87) in July 2009 as part of their ‘Meet The Future’ season, an entire month of programming dedicated to celebrating the talents of young people.
Watch the trailer