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Aml Ameen makes directorial debut with UK’s first Black Christmas rom-com

FILE PHOTO: Actor Aml Ameen attends movie'Yardie' premiere at BFI Southbank
FILE PHOTO: Actor Aml Ameen attends the premiere of ‘Yardie’ at BFI Southbank, London, Britain August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

December 2, 2021

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

LONDON (Reuters) – Inspired by his own life, actor Aml Ameen says his debut “Boxing Day” is different from other carnival movies: it’s the first Christmas rom-com first British film led by a majority of black actors.

As well as directing and co-writing the film, Ameen plays British author Melvin living in Los Angeles, who returns home to London for Christmas to introduce his American fiancée Lisa to his British family- His Caribbean.

Things take a turn when Lisa reunites with Melvin’s ex-girlfriend, now a famous pop star and still a very close friend of his family.

“It’s a movie about my family and how we do things and the inspirational thoughts that come from my life. And then.. it was very clear that this was the first movie with a majority of Black actors and it was a pretty epic, historic moment,” Ameen told Reuters.

The film offers plenty of laughs as well as typical London carnival scenes. While nodding to the popular Christmas movie “Love Actually,” Melvin arrived in front of Lisa’s window with large messed up cards.

“In the history of British cinema, we really don’t have a lot… a mostly Black cast that hasn’t been traumatized, and this is one of the things that keeps us entertained,” said Ameen, best known for “Yardie.” say and “I can destroy you”.

Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock made her film debut, playing Georgia, Melvin’s ex-girlfriend.

“On stage (as a singer) is a form of acting… you are telling a story through song, but acting in a movie is very different,” she said. “I just put my heart into it and go with it… I love it.”

The film also stars “How to Get Away with Murder” actor Aja Naomi King as Lisa and Academy Award nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Melvin’s mother.

“Gift Day” will open in UK cinemas on Friday.

(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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