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Storm Damage (15) + ScreenTalk with Clive Nwonka and Danny Leigh

Ashley Walters in Storm Damage

An emotionally powerful film from 2000, that portrays the experiences of young people living in a care home in Brixton's Angel Town. Plus a ScreenTalk led by Dr Clive Nwonka.

The story follows the idealistic Black teacher turned care worker Danny (Adrian Lester) and his battle to redirect the home’s primary delinquent Stefan (Ashley Walters) away from the negative and potentially fatal influences of local gangster Boniface (Lennie James).

Storm Damage beautifully frames the individual set of social and cultural identities formed by the young residents of the care home and the experiences of everyday warmth that captures the multiracial specificities of Angel Town. As well as their struggle to develop emotionally against the backdrop of familial breakdown and youth violence displayed not just by the home’s youths, but equally, its adults.

Screening for the first time since its one and only broadcast on BBC Two in early 2000, and its first ever theatrical showing. 

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UK 2000 dir Cellan Jones 95 min

Dr Clive Nwonka (University College London) discusses the film extensively in his forthcoming book Black Boys: The Social Aesthetics of British Urban Cinema.

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