Climate change, migration, disability, homelessness and sexuality are just some of the subjects explored in The Uncertain Kingdom. The ground-breaking anthology of twenty short films from twenty directors offers a unique portrait of the nation today.

Bringing together artists working across film, TV, theatre, animation, dance and radio, The Uncertain Kingdom directors include IWC Schaffhausen Award winner Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling), BIFA winner Carol Salter (Almost Heaven), BAFTA and International Emmy winner Guy Jenkin (Drop the Dead Donkey, Outnumbered) Iggy LDN (Black Boys Don’t Cry). Actors David Proud (Marcella), BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Ray Panthaki (Official Secrets, Collette) and Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Bright Star, Cordelia) have also directed films for the project.

Three of the titles in the anthology will be available for free on the BFI’s social channels from 18th May: Verisimilitude (dir. David Proud) tells the story of an unemployed disabled actress (Ruth Madeley) who gets a job advising an obnoxious up-and-coming star how to perform a disability for his latest role. Lanre Malaolu’s The Conversation explores the challenges black people face when communicating their racial experience to white partners through a dynamic fusion of dance and dialogue. Carol Salter’s Left Coast is a documentary filmed in the coastal towns of North West England that follows dedicated volunteers, handing out kindness and food to help those left behind.

The ensemble cast features Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge), BAFTA nominated Mark Addy (The Full Monty, Game of Thrones), Steve Evets (Looking for Eric, Apostasy), Hugh Dennis (Outnumbered, Fleabag), Andy Hamilton (What We Did on Our Holiday), Ruth Madeley (Years & Years) and Laurie Davidson ( The Good Liar)

The Uncertain Kingdom

Documentary in two parts

Director: various including Jason Bradbury, Stroma Cairns
Cast: Sally Bretton, Hugh dennis, Steve Evets, Mark addy

UK Release: On demand from 1st June 2020