Set during the early noughties, Good Dog chronicles growing up in a multicultural community and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control… because even the most patient among us can’t wait forever.
Performed by Anton Cross, the film presents a grown-up Boy revisiting and observing events in his life, narrating the past from the present. Boy speaks to camera as our guide and narrator, looking on his younger self and the community he lives in.
Good Dog is adapted from the play written by Arinzé Kene. The film adaptation is directed by Andrew Gillman & Natalie Ibu. The play was directed by Natalie Ibu for tiata fahodzi.
Andrew Gillman is known for his work on television landmarks such as The Day Today (BBC), Moving Wallpaper (itv) That Peter Kay Thing (Channel 4) as well as many short films and TV commercials. He recently directed the documentary Look Here/Not Here for British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust. Andrew lectures on directing commercials at the National Film and TV School.
Since 2014, Natalie Ibu has been Artistic Director and Chief Executive of tiata fahodzi, the only black-led theatre company committed solely to producing new work in the UK. At tiata fahodzi, Natalie’s stand out piece of work was her direction of good dog by Arinzé Kene, which was described as ‘theatre at its most simple and at its most striking’. She has recently been appointed as the new Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive of Northern Stage.