The True Story of Kenneth Severin
We are a group of creatives in many fields who want to share a true story of a man who was a father, a son, a brother and an UNCLE. His name is Kenneth Severin and he was a wonderful man. But his life ended because of a system which chose to see his blackness as criminal and overlooked his mental health.
"I can't breathe" and "Black Lives Matter are more than a hashtag. Kenneth, although suffering from serious mental health problems, was remanded to Belmarsh prison by the magistrate's court - a decision which cost him his life. The officers involved in Kenneth's murder received no criminal or disciplinary charges.
The film is a coming of age story set in 90’s London, of a teenage girl whose uncle (with no criminal record) dies in prison awaiting trial. Set on the day of her uncle’s funeral. The short film will touch on their relationship, alongside the roller coaster of emotions his niece experiences on the day of his funeral.
Meet the Team
Meet the Uncle team at age 14 years old the age writer/director Michelle Jones
lost her uncle Kenneth Severin.
A Short Film
“Uncle” the project uses film to create an open dialogue with young people about mental health. The initial purpose of this short film was to show the person behind the headlines and remove the shame associated with Kenneth’s death. However writing “Uncle”, helped Michelle confront new feelings and old emotions she wasn’t able to comprehend as a child dealing with Kenneth’s tragic death.
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UNCLE went into post-production on the 23rd November 2020 with production company Salt TV. Writer/Director Michelle has known the owner Danny for over 11 years. SALT was born twenty years ago with clients such as Dove, BMW, UBS, KFC and much more. Twenty years on and their goal remains unaltered: “To bring brilliant ideas to […]
Lights, camera, action
Uncle was filmed on the 27th of September 2020 because of a community of friends, family, and strangers worldwide. We are truly grateful for everyone has supported the telling of this story. Without them, this story would have remained another untold story. Please take a look at some of our pics on set.
How it all began
In 2015 Writer/Director Michelle Jones decided that she wanted to tell her Uncle Kenneth’s story but was unsure how. She was aware that his story would make some people feel uncomfortable. Even sharing the idea with friends left some speechless. However, on a tube ride to the hair salon, the idea came. Michelle was going […]