Sixteen is an urban thriller about Jumah, an African former child soldier now living in London.Things have taken a turn for the better with Jumah now; he even has a sweet but tentative romance blossoming with a girl called Chloe at school. But then Jumah witnesses a stabbing in an underpass, forcing him to confront his own violent past. The men involved make sure Jumah says nothing to the police. Violence forces its way back into Jumah life.
Roger Nsengiyumva (represented by United Agents) leads the cast as Jumah. Roger starred in the CBBC Drama Postcode and prior to that the acclaimed feature film Africa United. As a baby, he survived the Rwandan genocide and his mother Illuminee chronicled their moving story in a book 'Miracle in Kigali'. A photo of young Roger was spotted on the cover of this book by producers of 'Africa United' and this led to him being cast in his breakthrough film.
Rosie Day (now represented by Troika) plays his girlfriend Chloe. Rosie, who has been acting since she was a child, starred in the acclaimed horror feature The Seasoning House, last year filmed the Ironclad sequel in Serbia, and was recently seen in the ITV drama Homefront.
Deon Williams makes his feature film debut as Alex. Deon is a new talent from the Nottingham-based Television Workshop which celebrated its 30th birthday this month.
Sixteen is produced by Jake Hume and Nic Jeune for Seize Films and is set to shoot in London from 25th March to 13th April.