Kibwe Tavares' Jonah Short

“That’s my camera!” Yet another fantastic short film to feature. Jonah premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and is directed by British filmmaker Kibwe Tavares, who also made the animated short Robots of Brixton which played at other festivals. This one is live-action, set on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar and is about two young men who photograph a gigantic fish and turn their town into a big tourist attraction. It’s a stunning short and earns accolades for the look, not to mention the charming story. “Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.” Watch the full 17-min short below.

Thanks to Film School Rejects for the tip. Synopsis from Vimeo: Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot-spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn’t what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Directed by newcomer Kibwe Tavares, written by Jack Thorne and produced by Ivana MacKinnon; starring Daniel Kaluuya, Malachi Kirby and Louis Mahoney. For more info on Jonah, visit creative studio Factory Fifteen. Read the excellent Jonah making of blog here.

By Alex Billington