When young dad Bambi is released from jail, he puts every effort into making a better life for himself and his 4-year-old son, Day. But staying on the straight and narrow and getting a foot on the job ladder are anything but easy when you’ve spent time behind bars and the only money-earning options anyone’s willing to give you involve running drugs. But Bambi’s determined to stay positive and make a change despite the Catch-22 situations in which he repeatedly finds himself.
Set in the Watts neighbourhood of Los Angeles, Imperial Dreams is the directorial debut of Malik Vitthal and features star performances from British actor John Boyega (Attack The Block) as Bambi, and actor-singer-songwriter Rotimi (Boss) as his brother Wayne who’s desperately trying to raise money to go to college.
Flicks And The City caught up with John and Rotimi at the Sundance Film Festival where Imperial Dreams had its premiere.
Check out the video to see John and Rotimi chat about how much they enjoyed their first Sundance experience, obstacles they’ve faced in their careers, what keeps them motivated as young actors, bonding on and off set and getting the chemistry right to play on-screen brothers, what it was like working with the 5-year-old twins who played John’s on-screen son and with first-time feature director Malik Vitthal, and getting the accent right for their characters from the Watts area of Los Angeles.
John also tells us about upcoming film Half Of A Yellow Sun with his Imperial Dreams co-star Anika Noni Rose, what he’d say to Star Wars director JJ Abrams or Avengers director Joss Whedon if they called, how he’d love to play a movie superhero particularly Black Panther or Blade, his thoughts on Attack The Block director Joe Cornish turning down the sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness, and whether we’re likely to see Attack The Block 2.
Imperial Dreams premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. To find out more about Sundance and the film festival visit www.sundance.org.
The festival will also be coming to the UK for Sundance London in 2014! For details of the films showing and how to book tickets visit www.sundance-london.com.