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Neil Drumming: In his own words

Neil Drumming’s new film Big Words is a dialogue-driven picture about African-American men as real people, not stereotypes.

Neil Drumming is a new director on the scene who saw his first film arrive in US cinemas just a few weeks ago. It’s called Big Words and it is a dialogue-driven picture focusing on three African-American men.

The film follows the members of a once-promising hip-hop group, now in their late 30s, as they struggle with regret, disappointment and change on the night in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected.

Drumming says he is interested in “African-American men talking, how we talk, what we talk about, the rhythms of our speech, the things that concern us.”

Big Words was made with the help of the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement: a collective focusing on distributing independent black films. But for Neil Drumming the project has been a labour of love – and he’s been rewarded with some favourable reviews.

Tom Brook meets him to find out more.

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