Josh a young design graduate working in a dead end job has a chance meeting with his idol, a famous design magazine editor who offers him a rare and prestigious internship. However, he must convince a family to who internships mean an extra financial burden, and in an industry in which their culture has never really been well represented; that it’s a chance worth taking.
THE BACKSTORY & INSPIRATION
The film is inspired by both my own story and journey into the publishing world, being exposed to stories from fellow working-class ethnic minorities and hearing their struggle on how difficult it was to gain access to the industry. Trying to balance working multiple jobs to maintain unpaid or lower paying internships, and feeling that their worldview was never really considered or respected.
During my own career, I was very fortunate to have worked in some amazing places with some great people. I travelled to over 30 countries, worked with some of the most talented and exciting people within publishing. It was an amazing time in my career, I was extremely lucky and fortunate to be around so many great people, whom I’ve learnt so much from. However during my time there, the higher I climbed the more I noticed that there were few and fewer people like myself in the workplace.
I had a strange internal conflict as I didn’t know where to direct my frustration. The immediate people around me were open, honest, supportive, good people, so I couldn’t be frustrated at any individual, yet it still felt strange that I didn’t see more people that came from where I did or shared similar backgrounds.
So 'The Internship' is a story that highlights those frustrations and hopefully shines a light on some of the problems while providing a platform to create dialogue to find a solution.
Aaron is an award-winning writer, director and producer hailing from East London with over 10 years of industry experience. After graduating in film from Kingston University he went on to found Individualism a leading menswear digital publication. His experience in fashion and digital soon saw him take up a position at MR PORTER running the film department and helping them establish themselves as one of the leading global companies for fashion films and content.
He has been working for the last four years as a successful filmmaker, shooting in over 35 countries and across multiple industries. His clients include Levis, Uber, GQ, Topshop, Hyundai, Aston Martin and Adidas to name a few (All of which can be found here). His comedy shorts have received millions of views online and he is now moving into narrative film. He has also directed and produced his own award-winning shorts. Last year picking up Best Documentary Short for his film London Locks.
Jack is a Director of Photography living in South West London. He has a passion for storytelling and displaying this through camera movement, composition, and lighting. He’s worked with the likes of Google, BBC, Adidas, Bentley, & GQ to name a few.
Paushali (Neha) is a casting director who has experience working in UK and India casting for short films, feature films, and commercials. She has also cast for major film and TV productions for clients such as Warner Brothers, Disney, and others alike.
Justin in a multi-disciplined Art Director that runs his design studio: Justin Akomiah Studios and is the founder of print publication Pick Mix Magazine. Hailing from East London, Justin has an acute attention to detail which has seen him work with many luxury brands.
Kevin was born Paris and transplanted into London at the age of seven, He initially set his sights on the world of fashion marketing, via a degree at the University for the Creative Arts, but when he found himself making flat-pack furniture as part of his course, he unbottled a passion for design. After graduating, he bagged himself an internship with Protein, then leveled up to a graduate traineeship with the Future Laboratory, where he amassed the marketing and research skills that got him through the door at Zetteler. When he’s not Zetteling, Kevin runs youth-culture blog and hosts hip-hop/grime nights. But not at the same time.
ASIANS IN FASHION & ARTS
One of the reasons why I wanted to tell this story was due to the severe lack of representation of Indian Asians within fashion and the arts. Whilst working at Mr Porter I was lucky enough to attend and travel the main global fashion weeks. Filming the shows, interviewing the designers and mingling with all the attendees. During those four years, I noticed a distinct lack of brown faces on the runways. And it truly puzzled me.
There has always been a lack of representation in the big creative industries (The video above highlighting a great point) but fashion was particularly bad. And even when they did make an effort to change it was almost always the other ethnicities that were being represented. So I created an Instagram page The Asian Man to help shine a light on the issue (which got picked up by GQ you can read the full article here). However, this film is a chance for me to cast a South Asian face and show them in a light that doesn't paint them in a stereotypical way while showing why there may be a problem within the industry.
Ragevan Plays Josh the lead character. He's an actor, known for Save Me (2018), Fortitude (2015) and The Last Witness (2018). and will be set to featre in Tim Burtons Dumbo next year.
Alex plays Jonathan Eames the magazine editor whom Josh has his chance encounter with.
Heronimo plays Josh's father Benedict. An actor who'll bring years of experience to the role.
Rani is playing Josh's mother of the same name. She is a Malaysian-born playwright, actress, and artistic director of Rasa Productions. Moorthy began her acting career, appearing in theatre and hosting The Ra Ra Show, a television comedy.
Frank plays Josh's work colleague Gareth. He graduated from The BRIT School of Performing Arts where he studied theatre.
THE ATTITUDE & STYLE
The film will have distinctive look and feel. Although it’ll be set in a poor urban area, I still want to show that the world of the protagonist is one that feels cool and contemporary. The visuals will reflect the attitude and the lens that Josh the protagonist takes. One where design and style are at the forefront. I want to express the beauty in the everyday.
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Risks and challenges
I'm very confident that if we did reach our target we'd be able to deliver the project on schedule. We currently have all the crew in place. Many of which I've worked with on numerous projects for many years. Location wise we will mainly be shooting in my own families homes meaning we have more control and flexibility.
The are some challenges in acquiring bookstore location, however, that is something we are currently working on to acquire and are looking to have back up options in case shooting days have to be rescheduled.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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