With 5 CSA Nominations
Written and Directed by Darren Curtis
Special Screening at the Toronto Black Film Festival
FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
NABIL RAJO (Actor)
JAHMIL FRENCH (Actor)
NTARE GUMA MBAHO MWINE (Actor)
OLUNIKÉ ADELIYI (Actress)
DARREN CURTIS (Director)
KIERAN CRILLY (Producer)
FREDERIC BOHBOT (Producer)
Hakeem (Nabil Rajo) and A-Mac (Jahmil French) are Montreal teenagers with very little interest in academic pursuits. Working part-time at Hakeem’s uncle’s car wash, they pick up a little extra dough by casing expensive sports cars that come in for a wash and turning over that information to more seasoned criminals. Eager to get a leg up in the game, they boost a car on their own, leading them down a path from instant gratification to life-threatening consequences.
Boost is the solo directorial debut from Darren Curtis. The film stars Nabil Rajo (Suits), Jahmil French (Degrassi: The Next Generation), and features Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (The Chi, Heroes) and Oluniké Adeliyi (Workin’ Moms, Darken).
Boost has been nominated for 5 Canadian Screen Awards including outstanding performances for Lead Actor – Nabil Rajo, Supporting Role (Actor) – Jahmil French, and Supporting Role (Actress) Oluniké Adeliyi.
“Making this an authentic immigrant story was really important. It’s about a kid outside the major ethno-cultural majority of Montreal,” Curtis says. “The idea was to lure them in with sexiness, drugs and cars; but at the heart of it is an emotional journey.”
Boost was written and directed by Darren Curtis, and produced by Academy Award winner Bunbury Films in co-production with Havelock Films, and in association with Telefilm Canada. It is distributed by Filmoption International.