The Drifters

The Drifters

by Benjamin Bond

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

In a post-Brexit United Kingdom, two outsiders – French waitress Fanny and African immigrant Koffee – embark on a road trip adventure through a sun-drenched Devon summer by the sea. When they finally seem to have found a haven in a small coastal town, little do they know that trouble from their past is bound to catch up with them. 

A sun-drenched romantic drama about identity.

Awards & Festivals

World Premiere at Sao Paulo IFF


Lucie Bourdeu, Jonathan Ajayi, Tom Sweet

Director Bio

Benjamin Bond is a writer and director focused on creating dynamic independent feature films with an international outlook and individual edge. Previously Ben wrote Killing Bono which was picked up by Paramount Pictures and BAFTA nominated comedy series Skins for Channel 4. Ben has directed many well-known commercials. The Drifters is his feature film debut.

Director Statement

The film is largely shot on the beaches I grew up on and has a sunny ‘daylight’ vibe. I wanted to make the sort of romantic film you don’t see so much these days and the cool soundtrack and primary colors reflect that. It’s a relationship movie on every level, between the young lovers, also between the film-makers and the audience, and finally between the UK and everyone else. The Drifters is my love letter from Britain to the rest of the world on the eve of Brexit. I think of it as a European movie.

Cast Bio

Jonathan Ajayi 
The Drifters is LAMDA graduate Ajayi’s first feature film. The Londoner’s stage credits include Brothers Size at The Young Vic and BBC One’s Noughts + Crosses. He is soon to appear in Wonder Woman 1984.

Lucie Bourdeu
Paris-based Lucie Bourdeu is known for All That Glitters, Kings For A Day and popular French TV series En Famille.

Ariyon Bakare
British actor, writer and director who has been working across film, television and theatre since graduating from Drama Centre London. His most recent roles include in Ira Sachs’ Frankie, which premiered at Cannes 2019, the new Amazon sixpart drama Good Omens and the forthcoming Amazon fantasy noir Carnival Row.


Screenplay Benjamin Bond
Production Companies Starcross Entertainment, Cove Pictures
Executive Producers Even Leighton Davis, Andy Brunskill, Ben Thompson, Elinor Day, Paul Ashton, Heather Rabbatts, Patrick Milling-Smith
Editor Tommy Boulding
Cinematography Ben Moulden
Costume Designer Georgina Napier
Colourist Jodie Davidson
Casting Director Isabella Odoffin
Music Zero VU

UK 2019 | Romance, Roadtrip Drama | English OV | 91’ | 16:9 | English | 2K | 24fps

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