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A Young Vic Film

Javaad Alipoor’s monologue, performed by Christopher Eccleston, is a meditation on the Yorkshire landscapes, and a poetic journey through the relationship between man, machine, and mud. 

England's Red (Peak District)

Cast & Creatives

Written by Javaad Alipoor

Featuring Christopher Eccleston

Director Rodney Charles

Producers Rodney Charles & Nadia Latif

Line Producer Nick Thompson

Executive Producers Kwame Kwei-Armah & Despina Tsatsas

Director of Photography & Editor Michael Edo Keane

Casting Director Charlotte Sutton CDG

Camera Assistant Patrick Brooks & Claudette Fruchier

Sound Recordists Tom Anderson & Joao Correia

Hair and Make up Ian Grummitt

Jerwood Assistant Director Floriana Dezou

Assistant Editor Yasmin C. Rams

Composer Leon Jean-Marie

Studio Technician Nell Allen

Runner Stefan Kliszynski

Peak District Collaborator Theresa Keogh

Javaad Alipoor’s latest original work The Believers Are But Brothers opened at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe where it won a Fringe first before transferring to the Bush Theatre. He founded Northern Lines, a community theatre company that worked across the most deprived neighbourhoods in Bradford, before becoming associate director of Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill, and the Sheffield Crucible for whom he directed One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. He makes work at different scales, building cross-platform digital and hard end community work into everything he does. He also writes poetry and prose. His pamphlet The People Want a long form poem about the Arab Spring was published by Art in Unusual Places, and his essays and theory-fiction on global politics, philosophy and art have been published by Continuum and UnKant. He is currently making work supported by National Theatre, BBC, HOME, The Space, Theatre in the Mill. He is a trustee of Artistic Directors the Future, a member of Arts Council England’s Northern Area Council and a founder of Breaking The Silence, England’s first specialist service for Muslim men who survive sexual exploitation and abuse and BradfordSaysEveryoneStays, a pro migrant and migration organisation. 

Rodney Charles’ first screenplay won the Greater London Arts Advanced Film and Video Award. The resulting film Once Upon a Time was broadcast by BBC television and screened at the Venice Film Festival and FESPACO winning achievement awards. His screenplay Reclaimed won the BHERC screenwriting award.

In 2008 Rodney debut feature as Writer, Director and Producer, The Disciple opened at the BFM Film Festival to a sell-out UK premier at the BFI South Bank. The Disciple also won Best New Director honor at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. Later, Rodney directed the short film African Cowboy which was nominated for five Namibian Academy Awards. In 2016 he premiered the documentary feature In Exile at TIFF. 

Rodney is also an alumni of several international writer/director labs, including the BingerLab (Amsterdam) and B3 Media Lab w/ Film 4 (London). As a film actor Rodney has collaborated with notable directors such as Wim Wenders, Mike Figgis and Antoine Fuqua. His numerous film and television appearances have been balanced with a career as a writer and international model resulting in Rodney’s exposure to diverse global cultures and an acute understanding of how film, imagery and advertising impact on self-awareness and identity globally. This has heavily influenced his unique and original collection of trans-cultural, internationally relevant feature screenplays. Rodney is also the Vice President of the African Artists’ Association, a Hollywood based non-profit organization with members internationally and has spoken on film industry panels at the Berlinale/EFM, IFFR, Diversity in Cannes, PAFF and TIFF.

Special Thanks

The Young Vic wishes to thank: Ben Cooper

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