This exclusive theatrical one-off screening is the fifth film from the Birds’ Eye View’s Reclaim The Frame project - a mission to bring greater audiences to films by women to build a more balanced film future.
Directed by Tinge Krishnan, adapted from Ché Walker’s hit stage play and retaining Arthur Darvill’s original songs, Been So Long is a contemporary musical set on the streets of London’s Camden Town. Krishnan shoots the streets bathed in neon and enriched with romantic possibilities.
BAFTA winner Michaela Coel lights up the big screen as dedicated and whip-smart single mum Simone whose encounter with the confident yet secretive lothario Raymond, played by The Pass star Arinzé Kene (reprising his role from the Young Vic theatre production, currently blazing a trail in his one-man hit show MISTY), has her head spinning. This charismatic pair lead an all-singing and dancing ensemble populated by a wealth of homegrown talent. Ronke Adekoluejo steals scenes as Simone’s fearless best friend Yvonne, while the volatile Gil (George MacKay) has a score to settle at the bar owned by Barney (Luke Norris).
The film is followed by a Q&A with director Tinge Krishnan, producer Nadine Marsh-Edwards, musical director Arthur Darvill, writer Che Walker and actor George MacKay. The Q&A will be hosted by Birds’ Eye View’s Mia Bays (producer of Oscar-winning and multi-BAFTA nominated films) and Jo Duncombe (BEV curator and creative producer Influencer Programme).
MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund.
Duration stated includes trailers and adverts (check individual listings for Q&A details). Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food and drink policy. You can also see more information about Relaxed Screenings here.