An ambitious, original short film, shot in Africa, created with the support from the BFI and FIlm4.
Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea, resulting in their small town blossoming into a tourist hot-spot. But for Mbwana, the reality isn't what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot through with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.
From the imagination of: Factory Fifteen
A Stray Bear Production in association with Jellyfish Pictures
Town VFX: Factory Fifteen
Big fish and underwater VFX: Jellyfish Pictures
Director: Kibwe Tavares
Writer: Jack Thorne
Producer: Ivana MacKinnon
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Malachi Kirby, and Louis Mahoney