LA Festival Logline: Flowers Don’t Grow In England, by Tanecia Britt

C0bcd8b0ab poster“Flower’s Don’t Grow In England”
By Tanecia Britt
FLOWERS DON’T GROW IN ENGLAND is a collision of two worlds: three cousins navigating through the rough hoods of East London and a mother doing her best to keep her only son on the proper path.
For three cousins – Chloe, Vera, and Autumn – life has not always dealt them a fair hand, but the one constant that has remained with them since childhood is the impenetrable bond that they share. Abandoned by each of their parents, they’ve been raised by their elderly aunt, Auntie. At a young age, when a late night visit by Autumn’s junkie father results in his tragic death, the girls must look to each other for strength and become, in many ways, a mother, a cousin, sister, and father to each other. A fateful night that leaves each of them with the only family that they have.
A retired school teacher, Rose, has dedicated her life to her only son, Rich. At 23 years old, he’s dipped in and out of trouble but has always managed to stay on the better path of life. A humble and simple woman, she has a high tolerance for many but little when it comes to her half-brother, Gram. Though she loves Gram, she doesn’t like his street influences on Rich. However, as the only father-figure that a 23-year old Rich has had, she tolerates Gram and loves her brother for the void he has filled with her son.
A rave. A dirty bathroom stall. An ominous man. Three cousins. And, a fight to the death.
When one of them is attacked, Chloe, Autumn, and Vera discover how viciously they fight when someone attempts to break their bond. Killing a man with their bare hands becomes a new found…talent. A talent that does not go unnoticed by one of East London’s most notorious gangsters. Recruited to murder, they become a ruthless trio. They’re good at what they do, but even more so, they enjoy it. But when a routine hit goes wrong, one loss will intertwine the world of Chloe, Vera, and Autumn with Rose. The impermeable bond that holds Chloe, Vera, and Autumn together will now be tested. Everything that Rose has stood for and once believed will now be questioned. Four women – challenging the depths of love, the loyalty of family and the boundaries of trust – but only one will survive while the others fall victim to the frightening truth: flowers don’t grow in England.

Writer Biography – Tanecia N Britt

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“Your thoughts write the script to your history.” – Tanecia Britt

Screen gems begin to fill their treasure chests with tools to help them express the pictures that reel through their brain at various points in their life. It’s the ‘how’ and ‘why’ that makes each visionary different. For director Tanecia Britt, pictures are a constant flow of concepts through her hands and eyes, depicted with more emotion than what can be seen in real life. Born in Washington, DC, Britt grew up in nearby Hyattsville, MD watching films and instilling imagined life into lifeless objects. Once it became obvious that producing images were innately within her design, pursuing film was the desired goal for college. After graduating from Johnson C. Smith University, reality became the foundation for her films. Britt’s drive placed her in various locations post-undergrad.

Living strictly off of her determination to become a full-time director, the self-forming entrepreneur hit the country. Working as a marketing and campaign administrator for the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago then freelancing in Atlanta, Britt soon found herself networking among some of the sharpest eyes in the South. Celebrity photographer Donna Pernell shared insight about the inner workings of the industry which motivated Britt to declare herself as an assistant director and production assistant. Continuously networking and building her name, she found herself under the direction of Eyal Sivan and Haim Bresheeth, professors and mentors at the University of East London. Under them, she learned to shoot with a purpose and to take her time with film-making. Her creativity and relentless drive to succeed opened a niche for Internet films in which she began to market herself on the web.

Though free-spirited, Britt’s reality stood like walls around her in which she could only battle, and battle alone. Her loyalty to her family brought her back to the United States where she has emerged as one of the most rouges, yet promising film-makers in the area. To date, Tanecia Britt has been a never-ending machine, cranking out films including her feature “School Without Walls” along with a multitude of shorts and music videos. Currently, she is working hard to bring forth “Flowers Don’t Grow in England,” a ruthless caricature telling the lives of three East London women. Seeing the elements of life which could quickly destroy a woman was only clay for Britt, permitting her to mold these experiences into cinema while influencing others to see growth with more than just the natural eye. Lifestyle it has become, Tanecia Britt is a portal for all things film can reveal by way of life, cycling images through the lenses of her crafted mental.

“Life isn’t about just seeing. It is directing what is unseen.” – Tanecia Britt

Writer Statement

I have over 13 years of filmmaking experience, and it all started for me when I lived in London, England (East London). In 2008, there I was, a recent graduate with a Masters in Film, Video and New Screen Media with my first feature film completed and I had an epiphany of what type of filmmaker I was becoming. My experience was gratifying; however, I was lonesome and missing my family who was thousands of miles away. When I started thinking about family and the many interpretations of the word, I was compelled to sit down in front of my trusty, 2006 MacBook and I began to write.
FLOWERS DON’T GROW IN ENGLAND is a collision of two worlds: three cousins navigating through the rough hoods of East London and a mother doing her best to keep her only son on the proper path.
For Chloe, Vera and Autumn – life has not always dealt them a fair hand, but the one constant that has remained with them since childhood is the impenetrable bond that they share. Abandoned by each of their parents, they’ve been raised by their elderly aunt. At a young age, when a late night visit by Autumn’s junkie father results in a tragic death, the girls must look to each other for strength and become, in many ways, a mother, a cousin, sister, and father to each other. A fateful night that leaves each of them with the only family that they have.
Parallel to the three women, is a retired school teacher, Rose. She has dedicated her life to her only child and son, Rich. At 23 years old, he’s dipped in and out of trouble but has always managed to stay on the better path of life. A humble and simple woman, she has a high tolerance for many but little when it comes to her half-brother, Gram. Though she loves Gram, she doesn’t like his street influences on Rich. However, as the only father-figure that a 23-year old Rich has had, she tolerates Gram and loves her brother for the void he has filled with her son.
A rave. A dirty bathroom stall. An ominous man. Three cousins. And, a fight to the death.
When one of the cousins is attacked, Chloe, Autumn, and Vera discover how viciously they fight when someone attempts to break their bond. Killing a man with their bare hands becomes a new found…talent. A talent that does not go unnoticed by one of East London’s most notorious gangsters. Recruited to murder, they become a ruthless trio. They’re good at what they do and enjoy it. But when a routine hit goes wrong, one loss will intertwine the world of Chloe, Vera, and Autumn with Rose. The impermeable bond that holds Chloe, Vera, and Autumn together will now be tested. Everything that Rose has stood for and once believed will now be questioned. Four women – challenging the depths of love, the loyalty of family and the boundaries of trust – but only one will survive while the others fall victim to the frightening truth.
The creative process for me will never be complete until this project is completed. I am thankful at this point to be in the development stages of the process, which brings me here…

Respectfully,
Tanecia Britt

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