Afro-futurist fantasia Neptune Frost, is a wondrous, thrilling sci-fi punk musical from multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artists Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman. It is the latest film to receive BFI FAN New Release Support. The film will be released theatrically by Anti-Worlds on 4 November 2022.
Since summer 2018, BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) has been supporting four new release films each year to help exhibitors across the UK engage with more diverse audiences and programme titles that they traditionally would not book. BFI FAN members that screen New Release titles receive support from BFI FAN including marketing resources and social media budget.
Multidisciplinary artists Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman bring their unique dynamism to the Afro-futurist vision of Neptune Frost. It is a sci-fi-punk musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that they have been exploring in their work, including on Williams’ 2016 album MartyrLoserKing.
Neptune Frost takes place in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region’s natural resources –and its people. When an intersex runaway and an escaped miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry.
Set between states of being – past and present, dream and waking life, colonised and free, male and female, memory and prescience – Neptune Frost is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral cortex and a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends.
BFI FAN members that screen Neptune Frost can expect and request:
- Audio descriptive and captioned versions of the film
- Marketing pack and assets including programme notes
- Possible in-person director Q&A available to book.
- Freelance marketing support in every Film Hub area
- Advice from Inclusive Cinema for exhibitors putting on accessible screenings
- Budget for Facebook/social media ads
Neptune Frost is released on 4 November 2022 and can be booked via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous New Release titles that have been support include the award-winning Limbo from MUBI, Balloon from Day for Night, Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn from Sovereign Film Distribution, Ali & Ava from Altitude Film Entertainment and Queen of Glory from Bohemia Media.