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Barking film-maker set for Soho premier of his debut film

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:04 30 April 2018

Film director Jenkinson Denzel Southern. Picture: Ken Mears

Film director Jenkinson Denzel Southern. Picture: Ken Mears

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A Barking film-maker is all set for a Soho premier of his first ever feature-length, self-produced film, which is set to be released early next month.

It is almost entirely set and filmed in east London and most of the actors are from the area.

Writer and director Jenkinson said he is “really excited” about the premier and can’t wait to show his hard work to audiences.

To find a venue for his premier, Jenkinson said he contacted “anyone that would listen” in an effort to find a venue.

Jenkinson, 22, also known as Mavrik, will be alongside cast members to take questions from the audience at the premier.

“I just really hope they enjoy it,” he said.

His film follows a group of teenagers from east London who have supernatural abilities.

They use their powers to clean up their area, tackling crime and injustice on the streets - for a fee.

“Fight Monsters. Get Paid. Repeat,” is the film’s tag line.

Jenkinson said he hopes his film shines a light on Barking and the cast has been picked to reflect the makeup of the area. He hopes this will provide young people in Barking with people they can look up to.

Jenkinson is currently studying for a degree in film studies at Kingston University and has been living at home so he can put money into his movie project.

Completing his studies alongside directing his first film has been a challenge, he said.

“Balancing education with the film coming out has been difficult. Just last night I handed in my end of year project,” he said.

The former Barking Abbey pupil has also paid a visit to his old school to give a talk to pupils about his project. He also gave parts to two of the school’s pupils.

Jenkinson hopes pupils from the school will be able to attend the premier.

Jenkinson Denzel Southern’s film The Art of People will be shown at a Soho cinema on May 4. After the release the film will be available for viewing on YouTube.

To buy tickets for the premier, go to aopvstw.eventbrite.co.uk. Adult tickets cost £7, student tickets cost £6 and under-18 tickets cost £5.

You can view Jenkinson’s YouTube channel here.

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