After a manic week, I found myself heading to the BFI London Film Festival on Friday. I was on my way to watch a film that I’ve been excited about for quite some. Now that I’ve seen it, I can gladly say that it was definitely worth the wait. GIMME THE LOOT is one of 2012’s gems. Written and directed by Adam Leon and produced by my friend Dominic Buchanan along with Natalie Difford, I knew I was in for a treat but my oh my was it even more sweet. Short and sweet.
Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they must hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme.
Over the course of two whirlwind, sun-soaked summer days, Malcolm and Sofia travel on an epic urban adventure involving black market spray cans, illicit bodegas, stolen sneakers, a high wire heist, and a beautiful, rich girl’s necklace that is literally their key to becoming the biggest writers in the City.
The incredible pairing of the two leads played by Ty Hickson (Malcolm) and Tashiana Washington (Sofia) was inspiring to see. Their performances were amazing. It’s a grainy, great, graffiti-filled film with humour and heart. I can’t wait for its UK theatrical release in spring so that everyone can see it (and I can see it again). For now, peep the trailer below…
Photo below: Dominic Buchanan being interviewed at the BFI LFF.