Filming has officially wrapped on the London based modern-day musical Been So Long starring BAFTA winning actress Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum).  The film will be introduced to buyers at the Cannes Film Market.

Described by Film Constellation’s founder and CEO Fabien Westerhoff as a “refreshing new musical, exploring desire and ambition from a female perspective.”  The musical is set on the streets of Camden, North London and will feature a soundtrack of RnB, nu-soul, UK dance and cinematic orchestration. It is based on the 2009 musical, Legends of Tomorrow, by Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill.  Coel stars as a dedicated single mother who, on an unusual night on the town, is charmed by a handsome yet troubled stranger, played by Arinzé Kene.

Been So Long is the second feature from director Tinge Krishnan. Krishnan won a BAFTA Film Award in 2001 for her short film Shadowscan and made her feature debut with 2011’s Junkhearts, starring Eddie Marsan.  It is produced by Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks for Greenacre. Lizzie Francke and Eva Yates serve as executive producers on behalf of the BFI and Film4.

Coel is a rising British star following the success of her hit comedy Chewing Gum, which she created, writes and stars in. She won a BAFTA Television Award in April for best female performance in a comedy program for the show, which airs on E4 in the U.K. and Netflix in the U.S. Been So Long will mark her first lead role in a movie following a supporting role in sci-fi sequel Monsters: Dark Continent.

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