Source: The Uncertain Kingdom

‘Strong Is Better Than Angry’

The Uncertain Kingdom, the £200,000 short film initiative aiming to provide a portrait of the contemporary UK, has unveiled the 20 films on its slate.

Actors participating in the projects include Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Mark Addy (Game Of Thrones), Steve Evets (Apostasy), Hugh Dennis (Fleabag), Andy Hamilton (What We Did On Our Holiday), Ruth Madeley (Years & Years) and Laurie Davidson (Cats).

Screen can also reveal an exclusive first look at one of the titles, Hope Dickson Leach’s Strong Is Better Than Angry, above.

Each film is receiving £10,000. The finance is privately raised. The initiative was set up by filmmaker John Jencks, with producers Isabel Freer and Georgia Goggin overseeing all of the projects. The 20 participating filmmakers were announced in May this year.

The films will be exhibited theatrically in the UK by Verve Pictures in spring 2020, followed by screenings nationwide with the intention of engendering conversation in local communities.

The Uncertain Kingdom selection


  • British People – dir: Lab Ky Mo
  • Death Meets Lisolette – dir. Guy Jenkin
  • Ernie – dir. Ray Panthaki
  • Isaac & The Ram – dir. Jason Bradbury
  • Pavement – dir. Jason Wingard
  • Swan – dir. Sophie King
  • The Life Tree – dir. Paul Frankl
  • Verisimilitude – dir. David Produ


  • Borrowed From Our Children – dir. Leon Oldstrong
  • Camelot – dir. Alison Hargreaves
  • Left Coast – dir. Carol Salter
  • Motherland – dir. Ellen Evans
  • Sauna – dir. Stroma Cairns
  • We Are Not The Problem – dir. Dominika Ozynska
  • What’s In A Name – dir. Runyararo Mapfumo


  • Acre Fall Between – dir. Antonia Campbell-Hughes
  • Grit/Oyster – dir. Rebecca Lloyd-Evans
  • Strong Is Better Than Angry – dir. Hope Dickson Leach
  • Sucka Punch – dir. Iggy LDN
  • The Conversation – dir. Lanre Malaolu