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With Love, My Darling

With a life-changing opportunity in the big city, Justine wrestles with a taboo secret binding her to her village roots.

  • T. J. Kalunga Jones
    Director
  • T. J. Kalunga Jones
    Writer
  • T. J. Kalunga Jones
    Producer
  • Maxwell Murrain
    Producer
  • Margaux Billard
    Key Cast
  • Gaspard Caens
    Key Cast
  • Anaïs Stcherbatskï
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Avec, Amour, Mon Chéri
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    37 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 28, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    8,100 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    France
  • Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - T. J. Kalunga Jones

T. J. Kalunga Jones (Formally credited Terry Sam Jr), born in London, United Kingdon, a filmmaker with credits in writing, directing, producing and composing, debuted in 2016 with a 30-minute French-language short film 'With Love, My Darling' (2016) premiered at the 14th annual London Short Film Festival (BAFTA) , the longest short film selected by the festival board that year. Jones has continued to direct and produce across France and the UK.

Jones is currently focusing on his feature debut, a bodyswap horror-satire set in 60s America during the civil rights movement. The film is being produced by Hollywood super-producer Lloyd Levin (Boogie Nights, Th Watchmen, Hellboy, Die Hard).

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Director Statement

As a black-British filmmaker, I feel the burden of expectation telling me to write a particular 'type' of stories, mostly focused on my ethnic group. I want to diversify the image of the 'black director' and highlight the integrity of London's multi-cultural identity. To tell stories outside of the 'urban drama' and showcase London filmmakers, are amongst the most innovative and broad thinking.

In this, I tackled my first overseas endeavour, an arduous undertaking that forced me to learn and direct a language I didn't speak. Inspired by the impressions felt from my own experiences in the village, a foreigner trying to authenticate the mundane beauty of southern French culture, whilst also inevitably romanticising it in my own way. To have this film showcase at international festivals, to share that with the people of Soubés, for the world to suddenly become aware of this tiny village and see it as I do, completed this incredible journey. It is why I make films.