Dirt in the Diamond

Published on November 6, 2023

Captions provided by CCTubes – Captioning the Internet! Dirt in the Diamond, a short film, set in 1970’s London, explores the duality of grief and celebration within the mourning period of Jamaican culture. The film pays homage through its style and use of archival footage, to the generations before us, who have been intentional about preserving our customs, traditions and communities after immigrating to the UK and enduring the difficulties that came with it.

Created for Jords album release ‘ Dirt in the Diamond’ on Motown Records.

Written & Directed by Renee Maria Osubu

Produced by Maëva Demurger & Amara Rossell
Production Company – Somesuch
Executive Producer – Maëva Demurger, Tim Nash & Sally Campbell
Music Rep – André Reid

Director of Photography – Courtney J. Bennett
Edited by Lainy Black

Costume Designer / Stylist – Jodie-Simone Howe
Production Designer – Elena Muntoni
Hair & Make Up Artist – Femi Konteh

Sound Design – Will Berger
Additional Sound designer – Bankey Ojo
Casting Directors – Kharmel Cochrane & Rose Powell
Archive Producer – Fiammetta Luino
Archive Footage Courtesy of Kinolibrary

Jerome – Nasri Thompson
Mrs. Walker – Shereener Browne
Mr. Walker – Jason Deer
Jerome’s Mother – Aisha Davis

Isaac – Crispin Maccatrozzo
Daniel – Frederick Konneh
Friends – Adeniyi Andes-Pelumi & Isaiah Chambers

Production Manager – Josh Fashola & Anne-Sofie Lindgaard
Production Coordinator – Chirolles Khalil

Director’s Assistant – Destinie Paige
1st AD – Danny Rumbelow
2nd AD – Mia Tessema
3rd AD – Damilola Alokolaro
Runners – Thea Sun, Emma Horgan, Archie Holm Slack

1st AC – Dan Deighton
2nd AC – Ryan Rae
Steadicam Op – Grant Sandy-Phillips
2nd Unit DOP – Luis Lopez
DIT – Andre Reid, Zion Roache
Gaffer – Krunal Saadrani
Sparks – Anna Brooks-Beckman, Dale Healy, Shaun Witherup
Key Grip – Robert Barlow

Movement Director – Léa Anderson
Movement Director (MoBay Scene ) – Lamar Lee

Art Assistant – Hara Spyrou, Ronni Winter, Lily Pubrick, Martine Lewis
Costume Design Assistant – Grace Priem
Costume Assistant – Tyra Ali
Hair & Make Up Assistant – Ava Jones, Frances De Havas

Sound Recordist – Joseph Campbell Cultural

Historian & Archival Creative Consultant – Sofia Akel

Post Producer – Phoebe Armstrong-Beaver
Edit House – The Assembly Rooms

Grade – Jason Wallis
Post House – Electric Theatre Collective
Post Producer – Olivia Jessop

Catering – Caribbean Eatery
Caterer – Teon Blake Portrait Photography – Kemka Ajoku
Titles Design – Ned Bo

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