Lola Atkins’ Drum ‘n’ bass coming of age drama PURPLE BEATZ premieres at the BFI

Buzz, Film

PURPLE BEATZ is a coming of age, music-driven, romantic drama, set in the underground drum ‘n’ bass music scene of 90’s London. Written and directed by Lola Atkins, an upcoming, exciting black British, female filmmaker. PURPLE BEATZ is a new British independent feature with a strong diverse, female-led cast and crew. The story is inclusive and diverse, a new take on a much loved genre.

Early in her career, London-born Writer/Director Lola Atkins launched her own production house, EWAV WORKS. She also executive produced several productions including the psycho-thriller STALKER, the animation BEING RED, thriller BIND US TOGETHER and the documentary CITIZENS TODAY. Lola directed the award-winning short HUSH, THE LIKELIHOOD and BEATS. PURPLE BEATZ is her directorial feature debut.

Producer Jason Matthewson is an award-winning actor, producer, and writer. He is a partner at the London based film and TV production company, The Old Film farm. His producing credits include SUPPRESSION, THAT’S JUST ME, HAYFIELDS and more. Jason is the co-founder of the Gold Movie Awards®. He is currently working on a comedy series MATCHMAKERS, as well as the WW1 drama CHARLIE SAFE HOME. Jason is currently preparing for his next film, HEXED which he will produce and star.

Andy Taylor, Trinity Creative Partnership says “We’re excited to be working with Jason on his film PURPLE BEATZ.. we always like to support British independent film makers, and this film deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible”

Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer at BFI Southbank says, “We’re delighted to host the Opening Night of the I Will Tell International Film Festival at BFI Southbank this year and to be supporting director Lola Atkins and the cast and crew of PURPLE BEATZ”

PURPLE BEATZ stars Izzy Jones (Distant), Erika Alexander (Abattoir, The Wives in the Attic), Aron Von Andrian (Masters Of The Air) and Steven Michael-O’Hara (Frenemies). Cinematography was created by Violetta D’Agata.