Denise Dowse’s US drama Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story picked up best international film at the 8th British Urban Film Festival (Buff) on Wednesday, December 7.
The film stars US musician Ledisi as the gospel singer and activist Mahalia Jackson who had a close friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. and played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement.
Dowse died in August of this year at the age of 64.
Remember Me was the most nominated film of the night, contending also in best soundtrack and best actress for Ledisi.
Best feature film went to Marcus Markou’s The Wife And Her House Husband about a couple in the process of divorcing who discover a letter from their past selves. Markou previously directed Papadopoulos & Sons which won the audience award at Thessaloniki in 2012.
Sophie Cartman won best actress for her performance in Peter Callow’s Four O’Clock Flowers while best actor went to Nicholas Pinnock from Rupert Ratcliffe’s short film Can I Help?.
The awards were held at London’s Rich Mix and hosted by actor and filmmaker Femi Oyeniran alongside presenter Mosique Lavontelle.
Buff 2022 winners
The Wife And Her House Husband
Dir: Marcus Markou
Best international film
Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story
Dir. Denise Dowse
Dir: Charlie Dennis
Sophie Cartman, Four O’Clock Flowers
Nicholas Pinnock, Can I Help?
Buddleia – The Unchained Story
Dir: Tracy Kiryango
Best short film
Fifty Four Days
Dirs: Cat White, Phoebe Torrance
Previously announced winners
Best live script
Helen Alexis Yonov Burden Of Light
Stephen Graham I’m A Gun
Hecham Elhajoui War Criminal
The Buff honorary award recipient