‘Boxing Day’ is heading to the big screen and brings with it a number notable debuts.
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Revered UK actor Aml Ameen will direct for the first time in the Warner Bros film, which is billed as a UK based Christmas romantic comedy. The star, whose credits include ‘I May Destroy You,’ ‘Kidulthood,’ and ‘Yardie,’ will also star.
Joining him are Little Mix member Leigh-Anne Pinnock (in her movie debut) and ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ actress Aja Naomi King.
Golden Globe and BAFTA-winner Marianne Jean-Baptiste will also feature.
Inspired by the diary of Ameen’s life, ‘Boxing Day’ serves as the UK’s first holiday film featuring an all-black cast.
It follows Melvin (Ameen), a British author living in America who returns home to London for Christmas to introduce his American fiancée Lisa (King) to his eccentric British-Caribbean family. Their relationship tested when she realises the world her fiancé has left behind.
Speaking on the film, Ameen said in a statement:
“It is such an honour to be teaming up with Warner Bros. Pictures, Film4 and BFI to bring Black British Culture to the world in this universal holiday rom-com. It’s long been a dream of mine to capture films that reflect the wonderfully multi-cultural city that raised me while sharing stories from the diary of my life.”
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