Bad Bonobo shortlisted for Film London award

Joseph Grimaldi's Grave

Bad Bonobo have made the shortlist for the Hackney Borough Film Fund award, with our latest opus, “The Congregation.” We are overjoyed at being selected, and although we are of course sorry we didn’t win the main prize, we proud that the judges selected our piece from a strong field of rivals.

Our film tells the story of the annual service in remembrance of Joseph Grimaldi, the first clown to perform in make up and turn the tradition of the Commedia dell’Arte into the clowning that we know today. We found the juxtaposition of the mundane Hackney streets and the everyday trials of the clowns’ lives with the exuberant life and comedy expressed through their art amazing, and we think you will as well.

We’ll be featured in the upcoming issue of ‘Hackney Today’, so look out for that. We are also planning some more short documentary work, possibly with the Love Music Hate Racism people, which is a great campaign that everyone should be involved in.

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