Serious Tingz

A short tale on the face of masculinity, portrayed by young men who grow up in inner city environments. Where the iconic ‘screwface’ is more than just an expression, it’s a matter of life and death.

The 3-minute think-piece aims to dispel the look’s reputation as a form of intimidation, and instead to help shed light on its purpose as a form of self-defence. Based on real life experiences, Abdou Cisse, who grew up in South London - gives you an insight into what it’s like growing up in a place where a young man’s masculinity is challenged and defended by a mere expression.

Posing a simple question: What is a smile worth?

  • Abdou Cisse
  • Abdou Cisse
  • Kieran Kenlock
  • Matthew Ellingham
  • Nico Jouvel
    Key Cast
  • Andre Dwayne
    Key Cast
  • Julien Wisdom
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Documentary, Art
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 4, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Abdou Cisse

Professionally, Abdou Cisse is one half of the creative team A&A, a creative team who have spent the last three years producing work for world-leading advertising agencies and brands. With his personal creative output, Abdou likes to draw from his own experiences to create projects that aim to spark a dialogue around overlooked subjects.

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