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The Conversation, The Uncertain Kingdom

Register to watch a selection of short films from The Uncertain Kingdom online and attend the accompanying panel discussion:


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Online Screening

24 September – 10 October 2021
Platform: Vimeo
List of films showing are in the drop-down box below.
Films are suitable for persons of 12 years and over
Films are in English
Subtitles in English are available for all films

Panel Discussion

Friday, 1 October 2021, 5–6 pm (Kuala Lumpur, MY) or 10–11 am (London, UK)
Platform: Microsoft Teams
The event will be in English
Close captioning and live Malaysian Sign Language (BIM) interpretation will be available
The panel discussion will utilise the films as a springboard for and to encourage discourse on some of the themes explored in the films, drawing parallels between the UK and Malaysia on the issues of othering — how they were shaped, and the forms they take on now — through the lens of race and national identity. The event aims to raise awareness of the social issues and problematic cultural norms in these two societies, and to explore ways of bridging the gap towards a more inclusive and cohesive society. 


  • Nadia Denton has worked in the UK film industry for 15 years as an Impact Producer, Curator and Author. She specialises in Nigerian Cinema and coined the term BEYOND NOLLYWOOD. She has worked with the Berlinale EFM, British Film Institute, British Council, London Film School, Tribeca Film Festival and Comic Relief. Her books include The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Beyond Nollywood and The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Finance, Market and Distribute Your Film.
  • Badrul Hisham Ismail is a writer and filmmaker based in Kuala Lumpur. His films have been featured in a number of international film festivals, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Art of the Real at Lincoln Center New York, the Singapore International Film Festival and the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival. He is also the Founder and Content Editor of Svara, a Malay-language periodical journal on art, culture and society, and the Director of Programs at IMAN Research, a local think tank focusing on socio-political and security matters.
  • Deborah Germaine Augustin is a writer born and raised in Malaysia, who dreams of a world where we all have freedom of movement. She is the Membership Engagement Manager and Malaysia Lead at New Naratif, an online journalism platform and independent media outlet that publishes content on Southeast Asian current affairs.
The Uncertain Kingdom is an extraordinary collection of short films commissioned to capture a snapshot of the United Kingdom in 2020, as seen by visionary filmmakers. Featuring a range of genres and styles which mirror the diverse creatives behind the films, and touching on critical subjects including migration, climate change, disability and homelessness, the collection reflects the filmmakers' unique perspectives on our unprecedented times.

FILMS (Running time: 103 mins)

Sucka Punch (4 mins)
Director: Iggy LDN
In a rallying cry of protest, a young woman exposes the insidious ways brands use social media to disguise their true intentions.
The Conversation (13 mins)
Director: Lanre Malaolu 
Exploring the conversation black people face when communicating their racial experience to white partners through a dynamic fusion of dance and dialogue.
Pavement (12 mins)
Director: Jason Wingard
A modern parable about a woman who sees a homeless man literally sinking into the pavement and her attempts to save him in an indifferent world.
Swan (9 mins)
Director: Sophie King
A marriage is tested when the patriotic husband’s success in a citizenship challenge means he will soon be turned into a swan.
Director: Runyararo Mapfumo
A handful of Brits explore the challenges they’ve encountered with their non-Western names and celebrate how their names express who they are.
Director: David Proud
An unemployed disabled actress gets a job advising an obnoxious up-and-coming star how to perform a disability for his latest role.
Motherland (13 mins)
Director: Ellen Evans
Jamaican-born Brits who have been forcibly returned to their "home country" by the UK government describe their experiences.
The Life Tree (15 mins)
Director: Paul Frankl
The discovery of a healing tree brings hope to a Bolivian migrant whose son is close to death from plastic pollution.
Director: Guy Jenkin
After her neighbours become suddenly immortal, a young girl finds the Grim Reaper locked in a barn and amenable to making a deal for his freedom.