Private Project

Lazy Money

With their parental income cut off and only one spliff left, Full-Time Stoners/Part- Time aspiring actors Khadija, Alex, and Corrie need to make some cash - fast! All this fake kidnapping needs is a rehearsal, because practise makes perfect. Right?

  • Amani Zardoe
  • Diany Samba-Bandza
  • Amani Zardoe
  • Diany Samba-Bandza
    Key Cast
  • Sophie Pond
    Key Cast
  • Amanda Vilanova
    Key Cast
    " Corrie"
  • Jessica Sîan
    Key Cast
  • Director of Photography - Josh Bamber
    Further Crew
  • Editor - Amani Zardoe
    Further Crew
  • Sound Designer - Daniel Kinde
    Further Crew
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    comedy, female narratives, female creatives, UK production, drug culture, urban, BAME
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony 4K
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Underwire
    United Kingdom
    September 22, 2019
    World Premiere
    December 1, 2020
  • Geelong International Film Festival
    July 17, 2020
  • Tallgrass Film Festival
    United States
    October 16, 2020
  • Short. Sweet. Film Fest
    United States
    February 24, 2021
  • Beeston Film Festival

    United Kingdom
    March 24, 2021
Director Biography - Amani Zardoe

Amani's films have screened at BAFTA qualifying festivals. Her short film 'Miss J' (writer/director) was nominated for the Best Screenplay Award at Underwire Film Festival 2017. Amani's work is diverse, female-driven and in response to our sociopolitical environment.

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Director Statement

I was instantly attracted to the unusual characters in Lazy Money. Three (apparently) radically different young women handicapped by an inability to drive their lives in any constructive direction - stoners and slobs - united in a common goal. These are characters we don’t normally see on screen, though they most certainly exist in real life. I was keen to expose the intimate, sometimes grimy, side to being a woman; to really dig into the characters’ day to day lives, their home space, their past-times and routines, and most importantly the friendship at the film’s core.

Lazy Money portrays a version of urban London that is relatable in its honesty and diversity. Most of the film plays out in one room, which was great for maintaining the focus on the intimacy of the relationships, but meant I had to find a way of creating interesting visuals. The cinematography and design in Four Lions, Frances Ha, and Pineapple Express were big influences when it came to planning the film. They also helped when it came to working with the actors on the comedy, walking the line between sharp, dry delivery and the larger, goofier moments.