Karen Bryson’s MONOCHROMATIC shares a story of the first time a young black girl finds out the world is bias
MONOCHROMATIC is set in Wood Green in London in 1977 and opens with a 6-year-old black girl playing carefree, until the inevitable moment she realises the world operates with bias when it comes to the colour of her skin. We’re all born equal… then life happens. The impactful film is the directorial of JUSTICE LEAGUE and SHAMELESS star Karen Bryan MBE. It has been selected to screen at the prestigious American Black Film Festival in Miami.
Director Karen Bryson’s award-winning career spans over 25 years, she was awarded an MBE in 2017 for her services to drama. This talented actress is best known for playing Avril Powell, in the critically acclaimed drama SHAMELESS. Her acting projects include series regular in award winning Nordic dramaWHITE WALL, BLACK NARCISUS (BBC and FX US), independent feature film REAL directed by Aki Omoshaybi, Elinor Stone in Zack Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE (HBO MAX/Warner Brothers), TEACHER (Channel 5) and most recently series regular in THE SPLIT, Abi Morgan’s acclaimed legal drama BBC series.
Bryson’s aim for MONOCHROMATIC is to hold a mirror up, inviting an audience to ask questions of themselves. It touches on the concept of nurture, what we see and hear, consciously or unconsciously shape who we are, how we view the world and subsequently our own biases.
Producer Shakyra Dowling has been working as an Independent Casting Director for over two decades on Sundance, BAFTA, Berlinale and Oscar nominated films. She co-produced BFI Network funded short film INCOMPATIBLE directed by Maxine Peake. Fellow Producer Lorraine Bhattachary joined the First Film Foundation, then worked in script development on a slate of features with BAFTA nominated director SURI KRISHNAMMA. Joining Miraj Films in 2018, she Associate Produced Film London commissioned short AND IT WAS THE SAME WITH MY SON, and thereafter Associate Produced feature film LOVE SARAH.
The film is Executive produced by David Harewood and Rahita Shah. The stunning cinematography was created by Tristan Chenais. MONOCHROMATIC premiered at the British Urban Film Festival and will receive its North American premiere at the American Black Film Festival.