Jordan Pitt’s Ambition to Live in Cinema
Emerging company, One Umbrella Productions team up with Triforce Promotions to produce their sophomore short film, Ambition to Live. The film, directed by Fraser Ayres (Waterloo Road, The Bible, Adulthood) and executive produced by Holby City (BBC) actor, Jimmy Akingbola centres around combating the constraints of life for a brighter future.
The film’s protagonist, Nathan, is the victim of a horrific road traffic accident. Audiences watch as he trains in a boxing gym with an unidentified guide towards salvaging what remains of his life. Ambition To Live’s potency comes from its use of powerful imagery with very little dialogue. The result is a visual metaphor about life changing decisions in the most dire and challenging of circumstances.
Produced and Written by actor Jordan Pitt, the film echoes his personal beliefs and his time as a boxer: “I originally wrote Ambition to Live with the hope of inspiring people who ‘fight’ everyday. No matter what it is, we all fight against something. Whether it’s a single mother struggling to raise her child, someone struggling to pay their bills each month, the list goes on.” he says. “Basically it’s about the power of the mind, and if we are strong mentally, we can get through anything”.
Ambition To Live is the follow up to One Umbrella Production’s 2011 début, Lost Words, starring Pitt and One Umbrella Co-‐Founder/Producer, Ty Bankinson. Their collaboration was filmed and premièred at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival; a flying start for the team who come from a professional acting background.
Ambition To Live has had a successful run on the film festival circuit. It too premièred at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, and then went on to win the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD at the London Film Network Film Festival. It was chosen as part of the official selection for the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) and the Portobello Film Festival, and also received a nomination for ‘Best Short Film’ at this year’s BEFFTA’s.
The film will was recently screened at the BAFTA’s as part of the Triforce Short Film Festival, on Sunday December 8th, before making it’s online première on Monday 9th December. The team intends to offer the film as an inspirational tool for teachers/facilitators in schools and pupil referral units.
The Global Zambian Magazine were present at the Triforce Short Film Festival and had the privilege of watching Jordan Pitt’s Ambition to Live amongst other shorts, and we found the story and cinematography captivating. A great piece of art put together by the rising actor, writer and filmaker whose previous short film Lost Words made its début at the Cannes Film Festival. Pitt who has been acting from the age of 11 has gone from strength to strength in the movie industry with other acting credits consisting of Noel Clarke’s THE PLAY, Lionel Bart’s award winning musical, OLIVER, STORMHOUSE, and RIOT just to name a few.
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