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.
The British Council presents a selection of films from The Uncertain Kingdom, made available free online for a limited time, as well as an accompanying panel discussion with Nadia Denton, Badrul Hisham Ismail and Deborah Germaine Augustin, which draws parallels between Malaysia and the UK on some of the themes explored in The Uncertain Kingdom — including race, national identity, migration and disability — and explores ways of bridging the gap towards a more inclusive and cohesive society.
24 September – 10 October 2021
*List of films shown are in the drop-down box at the bottom of this page
1 October 2021
5–6 pm (MY) / 10–11 am (UK)
*The recording is in English with Malaysian Sign Language (BIM) interpretation
- 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.