Inner city London is the backdrop of this unidealistic exploration into the nature of friendship, identity and the fears within, which create a resistance to achieving our dreams. Through the story of three teenagers, Jamie aka Rage, G and T in pursuit of a dream, we witness the vulnerability of youth in the face of market forces, cultural colonialism and multiculturalism in a real society. Our protagonists’ many faces, an example of the masks we wear, of our inner truths and outer lies, will crumble with self-confrontations that will lead them to triumph in the face of adversity.
Awards & Nominations
- FESPACO 2001 - Prix Oumarou Ganda (Best First Feature)
- Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles - Best Director, Best First Feature
- Vue d’Afrique, Montreal - Prix Jeunesse
- Festival de Amiens Grand Prix son OCIC
- Carlton Awards - United Kingdom Award for Film
About the Film
RAGE is the cinema of now, intense, vivid, real and uncompromising. No special effects, “guns”, gratuitous sex or violence, just simple storytelling from within the powerful vistas of inner emotions outwards. The raw feeling of the innercity and our protagonists’ London is the backdrop of an un-idealistic exploration into the world of dreams and how they can lead us to self-confrontation at critical points in our lives.
The first draft of RAGE was written in a four days fever, the whole idea being the result of a two-year research in the Hip hop and Jazz Jam Session world. The speed in which the script was written inevitably lends the movie immediacy, energy and intensity.
Made independently by award-winning filmmakers writer-director-producer Newton ADUAKA, producer Maria-Elena L’ABBATE and a dedicated and talented crew, RAGE features tour de force performances from three young actors, Fraser Ayres (Intimacy, It Was An Accident, Speak Like a Child), Shaun Parkes (Human Traffic, Lock Stock the Tv Series, Mummy 2) and John Pickard (2 Point 4 Children) plus an array of fine supporting cast. An intense character study, with an energetic and intimate documentary style cinematography by Carlos Arango and a compilation of cutting edge hip hop, jazz, nu beatz and poetry from renowned underground labels drives the film.
"Loyalty, betrayal, comedy, tragedy, joy, anger: all without firing a single shot."
"Raw, Energetic, Refreshing... Shockingly Original"
"A Superior Proposition To Other Flashy But Empty Britfilm Fare"
"More Insightful Than Any Documentary"
Straight no Chaser
"Anyone Into Hip-hop Should See This Film"
"It Is Good To Finally See A British Film Bearing Resemblance To The Real World"
"Raw To Its Core... This Ain’t No Hollywood Movie"
Critics choice 3 weeks, Time Out
"A Treat For The Ears As Well As For The Eyes"
"RAGE is Harsh And Raw... Credits Its Audience With Intelligence"
"An Auspicious Debut As Engaging As It Is Energetic"
Critics choice 4 weeks, Metro
"Aduaka Has An Eye for London’s Alienation And Dispossession. A Filmmaker To Watch."
"An Intelligent Slice of Life… Intriguing and Absorbing"
South London Press
"Exciting, Vibrant and Full of Life… An Undeniably Powerful Film. This Is London and This Is Now."
"RAGE Heralds The Arrival Of A Truly Original Talent. Aduaka Magnificently Captures The Energy Of The Underbelly Of London."
"The First UK Hiphop Movie. Wicked! Revolutionary Use of Home Grown UK Hip Hop… 45 Tracks, How Can You Front
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"It’s Refreshing To See A Film So Intense, Real And Uncompromising Without The Glossy Hollywood SFX and Washed Out Plots. Classy Performances."
"South London Dazzles Like A Sweeping Urban Cityscape. An Aural And Visual Assault."
With Ezra, in 2007, Newton I Aduaka won the Etalon d’or de Yennenga (the golden stallion of Yennenga), the highest honour for an African Film Maker at the festival of pan-African cinema, FESPACO. Ezra premiered in the World cinema competition at the Sundance film festival, was nominated for the Humanitas Prize and screened in a special section of the Critics’ Week in Cannes. Ezra has appeared in numerous film festivals and events across the world and has been awarded 28 times including 6 Grand Jury prizes and a Federation of International Film Critics (Fipresci) award. Ezra has been named as one of the most important anti-war films ever made. It was awarded the United Nation’s prize for Peace and Tolerance. In 2001 Newton’s debut feature film Rage, became the first wholly independently financed film by a black filmmaker in the history of British cinema to be released nation-wide. In the same year he was a recipient of the Carlton television multicultural award in the UK for Rage, which was bought by Arte France. In 2002 Newton was invited as Filmmaker in Residence by Festival de Cannes’ Cinéfondation in Paris. In the same year Aduaka was commissioned by the Society of French Directors (SRF) and the Cannes film festival’s Quinzaine des Réalisateurs to make a short film on “Cinema and Globalization”. The result was Funeral – 2002. In 2004, his short film Aïcha premiered in Mostra de Venise. In 2004 and 2010 the organization, Global Dialogue, commissioned Aduaka to direct four short films on AIDS awareness. These films have been translated into numerous African languages, English, French and Portuguese and are effectively used as educational tools across the world. In 2007 Aduaka was invited to hold a Master class at the Cannes Film Festival. In the summer of 2007 Aduaka was invited to speak at TED, “Africa: The Next Chapter”, held in Arusha. His speech is available online at www.ted.com. In 2008 the Berlin film festival invited him, as an expert, to speak on aesthetics of Cinema at the Berlinale Talent Campus. Aduaka’s third feature film, One Man’s Show, was awarded the Critics’ Prize at Fespaco 2013 and did its American premiere at Mill Valley. The British newspaper “The Independent” named Aduaka as one of the 50 best living African artists. Aduaka is currently resident in Paris.