by Benjamin Bond
Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information
In London, Koffee, a West African migrant, meets Fanny, a young French woman with a troubled past, looking for adventure. When a daring motorbike robbery for Koffee’s violent boss, Doog, goes wrong, they escape to the coast with some stolen jewellery and a gun. Koffee realizes he may only have a few days of freedom before Doog caches up with him, so he chooses to spend them living just how we wants, and this means being with Fanny, whatever the cost.
Forget Safety, Live where you fear to live, Be Notorious.
Awards & Festivals
World Premiere at Sao Paulo IFF
Lucie Bourdeu, Jonathan Ajayi, Tom Sweet
Ben Bond started as a music producer for BBC Radio 1, working with artists including Beyonce, Dr. Dre, Eminem and Mary J Blige before becoming a writer and director for film and TV. His work includes Skins (Netflix, Channel 4) and his directorial debut The Drifters. He is currently prepping his new feature film, Backwards in the UK, and writing original TV drama series, Whisky Wars, created with Mark Forster and Peter Dinklage.
The Drifters is intended as a modern day Bonnie and Clyde or True Romance. It’s about two outsiders - the drifters of the title - Koffee and Fanny, who fall in love, commit a robbery and live outside of the system for a long Summer weekend doing just what they want. They want to be free and have a good time but it’s a fantasy that quickly ends when violent crime boss, Doog, tracks them down. I wanted to create a simple, cool and colourful love story of a girl and a gun, that deals with sex, identity and freedom. I was blessed with two fantastic performances from Screen International Star of Tomorrow, Jonathan Ajayi, and French TV star, Lucie Bourdeu and their chemistry coupled with Ben Moulden’s fantastic cinematography make the film stand out for me.
The Drifters is Ajayi’s first feature film/ He was made a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2021. The Londoner’s stage credits include The Brothers Size at The Young Vic by Moonlight’s Tarrell Alvin McCraney, for TV BBC One’s Noughts + Crosses and feature film Wonder Woman 1984.
Paris-based Lucie Bourdeu is known for All That Glitters, Kings For A Day and popular French TV series En Famille.
British actor, writer and director who works across film, television. Recent roles include Ira Sachs’ Frankie, the Amazon six part drama Good Omens, Amazon fantasy noir Carnival Row, BBC One’s His Dark Materials and feature film Star Wars.
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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