BLOOM is a new, coming of age, short film and a triumphant exploration and celebration of teenage sisterhood. Centred around four teenage girls, Sabrina, Rianne, Tracey, and Ruby, on the cusp of adulthood during their school summer holidays. The film acts as a lens into the world of the everyday teenage girl, exploring crucial themes of friendship, sexuality, class, race and gender through a mélange of secondary school timetables, dance routines, music, and looming issues of sex and sexuality. In this film we experience how each character grapples with these themes during this transitional period as both individuals and collectively, as girl friends. As the film draws to a close, with the girl’s summer holiday coming to an end, we realise that the sun may also be setting on a part of their youth that they will never be able to get back.
Part of the BLOOM project also includes carefully handpicking several young and up and coming female visual artists from around the world to create new pieces of art in response to the film. The artists have come from an array of different places including; London, Paris, Copenhagen, Sofia, Oslo, Moscow, Cape town, Rio De Janeiro, Wellington, Sydney & Bangkok, to name just a few. The BLOOM team aim to promote and support creative cross-collaboration through the concept of an international sisterhood.
This event, compromising of a joint screening and art exhibition of response works from selected artists, is carefully curated and displayed within a series of lighting and plant-based installations by recent St Martins, Brit School and UAL graduates. The event will take place at Copeland Gallery, within the 4,400sq foot warehouse, where all the art works from the various different artists will be on show alongside the film.
Bloom is currently completing the rounds at various film festival circuits. The film was originally shown at a taster event back in London in September 2016 and in November, 2016, at the Copenhagen Pix Film Festival. This event is the first, official launch of the full film which will be released online for streaming towards the end of 2017.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jesse Gassongo-Alexander is a British film maker, actor and former graduate of the renowned Brit School for Performing Arts. He is available for interviews.
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