“This script is heart-breaking … We can only commend the writer for creating an emotionally engaging piece of work.” – Amy Lotherington, Original Film, Sky Cinema
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Inspired by true events, ODILE is a gritty and emotional family drama, focusing on one mother's all-or-nothing drive to succeed in the betterment of her family's future.
The story is about a Black French immigrant mother whose ultimate quest to make a better life for her mixed-race son in London, turns into her ultimate grief. Her estranged alcoholic husband is found dead in a homeless shed and then her son is viciously attacked by a notorious gang in the social housing flat they recently moved into.
ODILE intertwines social issues such as London’s housing crisis (currently affecting an estimated 8.4 million people), domestic violence, racism, and youth gang culture in London. With planned bi-lingual English and French English subtitles, the film brings together a mixed international cast to tell this tragic but relevant tale, including Nollywood's star Shaffy Bello as ‘money loving’ OYINLOLA (Mrs Pastor Mike) and British soul singer & actress Mica Paris as nasty Housing Officer, MATILDA PRITCHARD.
Executive Producer: Mica Paris
Story & Screenplay: Elsie Nemlin
Odile wants to give her mixed-race son, Jean-Philippe a good life when she and her newlywed white husband, Mathieu move from Paris to London. Her husband, who because of the language barriers, gets a kitchen porter job in a restaurant, has a hard time adjusting to their new immigrant life. From a loving caring husband, he quickly became a drunk and violent wife beater. Odile, who managed to get a chambermaid job, sticks with him and even covers up for him for the sake of their child but when he turns abusive to Jean-Philippe, she plans to get away and finds refuge in a women’s shelter. She hides from her husband moving from one hostel to another until one day…
…her husband is found dead in a homeless shed!
Odile now a widow has no reason to hide. When she receives an offer to move out of her hostel and settle down in a permanent social council housing, she can’t thank her lucky stars. The new neighbourhood, however, turns out to be one of the worst crime-ridden housing estates in London and now she’s stuck. She is given no choice but to accept her lot, she’s stuck in this new misery. Fearing for her son’s life after he comes home one day, bleeding from a stab, she decides to ask to be moved elsewhere but is laughed off by her local council officer. Her only option is to move to a private rental, but she knows private renting would cost her a fortune, but she’s driven to raise the money one way or another. She exhausts all her options from fundraising outside the train station, to applying for a trust fund at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, to speaking to her boss for a loan, asking her pastor for help, and even approaching a sleazy businessman to vouch for her at the bank after being turned down without a guarantor, until finally she meets Maria a high-end Brazilian escort.
What will a desperate mother do to save her child’s life? ...
“I hope audiences are captivated by the complicated characters including abusive partners, desperate single mothers and ruthless gang members."
Rhys Stephenson - Actor, CBBC Presenter & Strictly Star
“When I first read the story, I was immediately struck by the honesty and rawness of it. It is a truly powerful and moving story, and the fact that it is inspired by real events makes it a very important one to tell.”
Manjeet Mann - Actress
“Told in a way that is brutal but beautiful, dangerous but generous, frightening but real - the issues that ODILE raises of racism, violence, domestic abuse and the ghettos that can exist within social housing cannot and should not be ignored.”
Patsy Prince - Actress
From a feature-length film format to a 6-part limited series format (seven months ago), ODILE has been a long time coming project. On many occasions, i felt like abandoning it all together, but then, something kept reminding me of the importance of telling it.
The story of ODILE is inspired by true events that I was requested to provide support for, over fifteen years ago, when I was the CEO of Stand Up For Africa, a charity that used to work with young people here in the UK and in Africa. With poverty, social housing crisis, domestic violence and gang-related crimes reaching an all-time high in globalised cities such as our London, I am truly hoping ODILE becomes a fresh voice for poor families caught in the middle of these occurrences and helps bring more attention to these tragic issues.
That is why, i applaud celebrities such as Mica Paris MBE and Shaffy Bello for giving the project their full backing, and i am praying more public figures and organisations join these two amazing ladies, to help us film and get ODILE out there. We very much need all the backing we can get, that's from here in the UK or internationally!
ODILE Pilot PREMIERE: Great seeing again our awesome cast and crew! We had such a beautiful time with cast members Nikki Zag, Christophe Delesques, Sona Vyas Dunne, Sanjiv Hayre and 14 years old Taye Junaid-Evans AND with crew members Jackie Osei, Jason Yip , Alioune Binaté, Freya Westall, Uc Elmaghdy and brilliant composer Sam Watson.
Click here to see all the stunning images from the event.
The official trailer for ODILE pilot is here! Packed with some of the story most powerful moments as well as absolute brilliant performance, throughout, by the cast! To book a space in our private online screening, contact us!
It’s been almost 10 years in development, and Sunday 27th March (and 03rd April) was an exciting and humbling moment to finally be shooting ODILE’s pilot! Look out for the trailer by latest, end of this month! Thank you to all our cast and crew and all our shooting locations owners (especially Palace Road Doctors Surgery) for your priceless support and contribution. Check out the stunning behind-the-scenes images (by Jason Yip) HERE!