as british as a watermelon

My name is mandla.
It means power.
I gave it to myself.

mandla rae has a selective memory and they are scrambling to piece together their life. as british as a watermelon questions what it means to belong through exploring mandla’s fragmented asylum and migration memories.

Told through an unflinching autofiction narrative, weaving poetry and storytelling with destruction and colourful chaos, you are invited to join mandla as they rise from the dead and reclaim their misplaced power.

as british as a watermelon is a messy sensory experience.

mandla rae is a queer Zimbabwean writer, performer and curator. They are agender and their pronouns are they/them. Their work typically explores their intersectional existence and their response to the world around them.

  • Graham Clayton-Chance
  • mandla rae
  • Jayne Compton
    One Woman,
  • mandla rae
    Key Cast
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    28 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 GBP
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    United Kingdom
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    United Kingdom
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  • Queer Contact
    United Kingdom
    May 28, 2021
    British Premiere
Director Biography - Graham Clayton-Chance

Graham Clayton-Chance is an artist filmmaker working across live, installation, visual arts and film.
Commissioned and presented work at The National Review of Live Art, Tramway, Arnolfini Live, New York’s The Kitchen and Sydney Opera House. His film work has been commissioned by Film London, BFI, Arts Council and shown Internationally - nominated for a Queer Teddy at Berlin Film Festival and regularly screened work at London’s BFI Flare.
He has worked alongside leading queer artists Nigel Charnock, Isaac Julien, Phil Collins & Francis Lee

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