Frank, Humorous Exploration of Relationships: Film LOOKING FOR LOVE in Cinemas 21st August 2015
How has dating and the concept of love changed over the last decade?
Going back 50 years the man would be the one who made the first move. But modern dating is now a commercial enterprise and a powerful minefield for the dater. Online dating and social networking are the norm with the rise of dating websites and apps, like e-Harmony, Match.com, and of course Tinder.
Traditional concepts of love are blurred as adults no longer want the long dating game but are opting for a "quick fix". Looking for Love touches on the less giddy side of “love” where despite modern advancement in communication technology, many people face loneliness and depression.
Modern living seems to be at odds with the quality of life associated with the holy grail of inner contentment. With the economic empowerment of women roles expectations have become confusing for both sexes. Many are increasingly opting out into the world of single-dom. Yet underneath all this is the deep rooted need to be loved.
This no holds barred documentary from leading British filmmaker Shabazz combines frank, intimate and humorous interviews alongside carnival footage and spoken word to explore modern relationships. The film focuses on the UK’s Black British community as a microcosm of British society. Individuals, groups, psychologists and comedians consider love, sex, intimacy and forgiveness.
I came to this film through understanding my own baggage and how it was impacting own my personal relationships. All of us are carry baggage but how many are willing to go through what it takes to unload?
Contributors include African American psychologist Dr Umar Johnson, relationship author’s Susan Quilliam and Jackie Holder. Whilst Kojo, Andi Osho, Eddie Kadi, Slim, Mr Cee, Donna Spence and Glenda Jaxson add insightful humour to a subject that we all talk about.
The film is produced and directed by multi–award winning Director/Producer Menelik Shabazz
This project follows on from his previously successful and award winning feature documentary The Story of Lover’s Rock, one of the highest grossing documentaries at the UK cinema box office in 2012.
Looking for Love opens in the following UK Cinemas on 21st August 2015: Tricycle Theatre Kilburn, Dalston Rio, Streatham Odeon, Vue Shepherds Bush, Vue Birmingham, Midlands Art Centre, Vue Westfield Stratford – Then followed by on 28th August 2015: Vue Croydon Grants and Broadway Nottingham, more venues tbc confirmed.