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British-Nigerian Misan Harriman’s Directorial Debut, “The After”, to Premiere on Netflix This October

British-Nigerian Misan Harriman’s Directorial Debut, “The After”, to Premiere on Netflix This October

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The 18-minute short drama is an intense story of a grieving ride-share driver confronting the past.

By Helena Olori

The After, a short film by British-Nigerian celebrity photographer, Misan Harriman, will debut globally on Netflix on Oct 25, 2023. 

The film, which marks his directorial debut as a filmmaker, stars renowned British-Nigerian actor, David Oyelowo, Jessica Plummer, Sule Rimi, Ruth Sheen, Alan Williams, Izuka Hoyle, Dominique Tipper, Nikesh Patel, and Ellen Francis. 

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The After, set in London, is an intense story of Dayo (portrayed by Oyelowo), a grieving ride-share driver who is devastated after witnessing a random attack in the capital. Dayo reconnects with himself and society when he picks up a passenger who helps him confront the past.

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David Oyelowo stars in The After

Co-written by Harriman and John Julius Schwabach, the film had its world premiere at the Oscar-qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival, winning the award for Best Live Action Short. It will make its UK premiere at the ongoing BFI London Film Festival. 

The 18-minute short drama is produced by Nicky Bentham of Neon Films, and Oyelowo via his Yoruba Saxon Productions, with Peaky Blinkers cinematographer, Si Bell BSC, serving as director of photography. 

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Misan Harriman is renowned for his extraordinary range, strong reportage style, and as one of the widely-shared photographers of this generation. 

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Misan Harriman

The Nigerian-born photographer is the first Black person to shoot the cover of the September issue in British Vogue’s history and has photographed high-profile celebrities including Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the iconic Angelina Jolie, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Tom Cruise, Cate Blanchett, Olivia Colman, and many others. 

The After is his first venture into filmmaking and will premiere globally on Netflix on 25 October. 

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