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THE AFTER Makes the Oscar’s Shortlist for Best Short Film

Renowned photographer, social activist and cultural commentator Misan Harriman’s short film directorial debut, THE AFTER, starring award-winning actor David Oyelowo (Selma, A United Kingdom), which premiered globally November 3, 2023, on Netflix, has made the Oscar’s shortlist for Best Short Film.

THE AFTER is a powerful and affecting story that follows Dayo (Oyelowo), a Londoner who has to reconnect with himself and society after witnessing a devastating random attack in the capital.  THE AFTER world premiered at the Oscar®-qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival, where it won Best Live Action Short, making it a strong contender for the 96th Academy Awards®.

THE AFTER is based on a story by Harriman, with a screenplay by new writer John Julius Schwabach. It was lensed by Si Bell BSC (A Very British Scandal, Peaky Blinders). Nicky Bentham (The Duke, Locked In) of Neon Films produced the film, with Oyelowo via his Yoruba Saxon Productions (A United Kingdom, The Water Man) also serving as producer.

THE AFTER, Netflix UK’s first short film, will have its UK Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on 5th of October at 3pm. 

Misan Harriman is a self-taught photographer.  The first black person to shoot the September cover of British Vogue, his striking images have featured in the likes of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and The Telegraph. His commissions include royal, private, and high-profile portraiture, with subjects including Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Angelina Jolie, Jay-Z, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Rhianna, Cate Blanchett, and Olivia Colman. In 2021 he was appointed chair of trustees at the Southbank Centre. 

Nicky Bentham is founder and producer at Neon Films. Recently she produced Nour Wazzi’s thriller Locked In with Gaumont UK and Netflix. Last year saw the release of Roger Michell’s The Duke, starring Academy Award winners Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren. Also in cinemas last year, the feature documentary Who Killed The KLF? a co-production with Fulwell 73. Other feature producing credits include Duncan Jones’ multi award-winning sci-fi Moon starring Sam Rockwell, and The Silent Storm starring Andrea Riseborough and Damian Lewis which was executive produced by Barbara Broccoli.

David Oyelowo is a multiple Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Emmy-nominated actor and producer. Oyelowo’s directorial debut the critically-acclaimed, THE WATER MAN, in which he also starred, was  produced under his Yoruba Saxon banner, founded with his wife, Jessica. Additionally, Oyelowo co-founded Mansa, the free streaming platform for curated global Black cultural content. Upcoming and previous film and television projects include: BASS REEVES (Paramount+), ROLE PLAY (Amazon Prime), THE BOOK OF CLARENCE (Sony Pictures), GOVERNMENT CHEESE (Apple TV+), NIGHTINGALE (HBO), A UNITED KINGDOM (Searchlight Pictures), THE RETURN OF THE ROCKETEER (Disney+), and ONYEKA AND THE ACADEMY OF THE SUN (Netflix). Currently, he can be seen in Apple TV+ series SILO.

THE AFTER also stars Jessica Plummer (The Girl Before, How To Talk To Girls at Parties), supported by a cast including Sule Rimi (Andor, Ear for Eye), Ruth Sheen (Another Year, Cyrano), Alan Williams (Chernobyl, The Crown), Izuka Hoyle (Persuasion, The Wheel of Time), Dominique Tipper (The Expanse, One Ranger), Nikesh Patel (The Devil’s Hour, Four Weddings and a Funeral), and Ellen Francis (Chemistry of Death).