6 minute Snapchat Film ‘SnappedTheMovie’ by Bola Agbaje to Premiere on Snapchat 26th of August at 9pm

snapped_the_movieAward Winning Playwright and Screenwriter Bola Agbaje has teamed up with popular UK Instagrammer/Viner Tom Moutchi aka Tommy Xpensive to create a low-budget short film called ‘SnappedTheMovie’ that will premiere on their snapchat account SnappedTheMovie on the 26th of August at 9pm. The film will follow snapchat’s unique formula and will last only 24hours on SnappedTheMovie’s ‘My Story’.  This is the first of many short films the duo plan to create for the messaging app SnapChat. The films are produced by Bola Agbaje’s production company 2far Media Ltd.

‘When your sex tape gets leaked what’s the worst that can happen…’

SnappedTheMovie on Snapchat is a short contemporary film about a young boy who filmed himself sleeping with a girl he met on the Internet. The video is leaked online and both he and the girl have to face the consequences of over-sharing on snapchat. It explores the themes of revenge porn. The film looks at an increasing problem that young people face and the unwitting risks they take when using social media. It was noted in 2014 that 70% of young people using snapchat have sent naked photos to one another and are unaware of the dangers of doing so. The film highlights this situation and raises some interesting questions for young people. It challenges them to think twice about what they upload online. It is designed to provoke discussion and reflection using a story and format that the audience can relate to directly.

Due to the lack of roles available for young black creative in the UK Film Industry, Bola Agbaje was also keen to create a platform where young actors could work alongside an established writer and actors to create content for them and by them. Most of the cast are fairly unknown actors who did not go through the traditional drama school training schemes. Tom Moutchi has made a name for himself using his Instagram page to create short comedy skits to showcase his skills as an actor; he was able to get his agent’s attention by using his skits as his showreel. More and more young black actors are turning to the web to get noticed and young people are tuning in online to watch content that speaks directly to them. SnappedTheMovie was directed and filmed by Tom Moutchi on an iPhone.

The full cast is Tom Moutchi, Nicole Abraham, Renai Banerbie, Barroce Adiko, Demmy Ladipo, Tunji Lucas and Solomon Akano

What is Snapchat?

Snapchat is a messaging application for mobile phones for sharing moments. You can take a photo or a video and add a caption and send it to your friends individually or you can add it to your ‘My Story’ to share with some or all of your friends. Friends can view snaps for up to 10 seconds and they then disappear. If a snap is added to ‘My story’ it last for 24hours before it disappears. Visual sharing on Snapchat is exploding. Their ‘My Stories’ are now getting 1 billion views daily whilst 760 million disappearing messages and photos are sent daily. Snapchat is becoming more than disappearing photos though and this is why Bola Agbaje and Tom Moutchi created a film account called ‘Snapped the Movie’.

Bola Agbaje

Bola Agbaje

What is ‘Snapped the Movie’?

Snapped the Movie is a simple but powerful channel. Snapped the Movie is a unique way of creating film content for young audiences in a format they like to engage with. Each of the short films appear for only 24 hours on the ‘My story’ feature on Snapchat.

The films are recorded entirely on a mobile phone and, alongside characters; the mobile phone itself becomes a character in the world created. The mobile phone in today’s world is more than just a device, it is a part of our lives and in most cases the preferred medium through which we communicate, share and interact with those closest to us – friends and family. A mobile phone is a part of our everyday lives and with Snapped the Movie channel we wanted to create films that truly reflected modern life with this important societal change at the heart of it.

“When I first started writing, one of the rules I was taught as a playwright was to avoid using phones in scenes with characters. This was particularly so on stage because it was hard for audiences to see or feel the impact of the conversation if a character is standing on stage talking into a mobile phone. In film it was possible to include mobile devices because you could always intercut scenes to show the two people talking.

“However, in today’s world most people, particularly young people, spend a lot of their time sending messages and sharing information on their phones without physically talking to one another. Yet despite its prevalence, this new phenomenon has not entirely made its way into our films and theatre. As a writer whose audience is predominantly composed of young people it puts me at a disadvantage to ignore the world we live in so I need to find new ways to speak to my audience in a way they understand. Video messaging and photo sharing plays a big part in most young people’s lives and in order to engage them I have to create stories that reflect their reality and this is why we created Snapped the Movie.” –Bola Agbaje

2Far Media is a creative arts company working predominantly in the UK and Nigeria across Theatre, TV, Film, Music & Digital focused on creating and delivering high quality ideas and propositions which are developed into serious drama, popular entertainment, cultural events and digital services. Award-winning writer Bola Agbaje is Creative Director and Clive Holdsworth is Production and Marketing Director. Its mission is stated as:

‘Working across all channels, 2Far Media aims to entertain and educate by presenting stories that deserve to be told through emotionally engaging characters’ – Bola Agbaje

Bola Agbaje is a playwright/screenwriter. Bola is included in Debrett’s People of Today 2014. Bola Agbaje’s first play, Gone too Far! Premiered upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre in 2007. The play won the 2008 Oliver Award for an Outstanding Achievement. Bola was also nominated the same year for the Evening Standard Awards for Most Promising Playwright. In the last eight years Bola has also had several other plays performed in London theatres including Off the Endz, Detaining Justice, Belong, The Burial and Take a Deep Breath and Breathe. Bola’s screenplay adaptation of Gone Too Far! for Poisson Rouge Pictures and the BFI premiered at the London Film Festival 2013 and won the 2014 DC Award at the London Comedy Film Awards. Gone Too Far! had a nationwide release in the UK cinemas in October 2014 and won the People’s choice award at the African International Film Festival 2014 and the Bafta/LA prize at the 2015 Pan African film festival. Gone Too Far! is currently out on DVD and on sale on Amazon. Bola is currently writing Gone Too Africa, the sequel to Gone too Far and is on a JJ screenwriting bursary in association with Bafta. She is also currently writing an original TV drama series in development with Daybreak Pictures for Channel 4. Bola Agbaje is a co-director of 2Far Media Ltd a production company and has developed and produced a web TV series called Hot Pepper to be released online in 2015.

Tommy Xpensive

Tommy Xpensive

Tommy Xpensive (real name Tom Moutchi) is a young (22 years old) multi-talented Actor/writer/performer/comedian featured in Raison D’etre (2015) and Balance (2014). Over the past few months Tom has rapidly become a household name amongst the under-25 UK demographic. Within the last year Toms’ social media profiles; Facebook, Instagram and Vine have received a large amount of attention due to the short comedic videos he posts featuring himself and his regular team of actors. Featuring witty takes on everyday situations, with a particular focus on the African diaspora audience; they have gained widespread positive attention from all around the globe. His Vines especially have gone viral on more than one occasion with this latest achieving over 20 million views. This has led to various media outlets such as SB.TV, New York based radio station Power105 and WorldStarHipHop to post Tom’s material on their social media profiles. Tom’s online presence and reputation increases at an impressive rate. From impressive 30K Instagram followers at the beginning of 2015 his following is currently over 43K. Highly prolific, he has built a substantial body of work of 518 posts receiving an average of 3000 likes for each one. His Facebook Fan Page is also extremely popular; he has gained 10,000 likes and receives between 15-600k views for each short video he posts on his account. And when Unilad reposted one of his videos it gained 6.8 million views. In addition his Vine account has a strong presence too and he has 29.8k followers and has an overall total of 27 million loops.

Facebook: Tommy_xpensive  | Instagram: Tommy_xpensiveVine: TOMMY_XPENSIVE | Twitter: @TOMMY_XPENSIVE

Clive Holdsworth (producer) is a creative industry business, marketing and digital expert working across publishing, ecommerce, charities and entertainment (theatre, film, TV, social media). Most recently leading on the digital transformation of the Royal Society for Arts’ online channels, he is also co-director, with Bola Agbaje, of the creative media production company 2Far Media Ltd for whom he co-produced the plays, House of Corrections and Take a Deep Breath and Breathe, both performed in London theatres. Clive is also executive producer of the forthcoming online TV series, Hot Pepper.

Alexander Fefegha (producer) is a multi-award winning innovator and is currently the principal solutions architect at Comuzi Software a healthcare IT company. Alex was the winner of young entrepreneur award of the year at the 2013 London Business Awards & also won the entrepreneur of the year award at the 2013 Regional Entrepreneur Empowerment Business Awards. Alex was shortlisted in 2014 for the Europe’s Young Web Entrepreneur Award by The European Commission. A speaker at Tedx conferences and technology events, Alex is also a mentor to Europe’s fast growing technology community.  Alex consults companies & international governments on IT strategy, software development, innovation and education. Alex and his peers have been working on a new concept of venture capital investment, software for equity at Vesta Dean Partners.


Nicole Abraham – plays Lara – Nicole trained at Identity Drama School. Previous credits include a lead role in Torben Betts’ Muswell Hill performed at the Park Theatre as well as a lead role in the Royal Court’s tour of Pigeons (written by Suhayla El-Bushra), Bola Agbaje’s Take a Deep Breath and Breathe (performed at both Oval House Theatre and The Bussey Building) and Stitched Up at Theatre Royal, Stratford East. Nicole also starred in a BFI (British Film Institute) short film, The Syndicate. She has taken part in Oval House Theatre’s production of Bussin’ It at Camp Bestival as well as Nine Rooms at Old Vic Tunnels.

Tunji Lucas – plays Charles – London based Actor Tunji Lucas trained at The Mountview drama school. He’s had a successful career in theatre TV and film. His first professional play was ‘Small things’ directed by Vicky Featherstone and written by Enda Walsh. His leading role debut on stage ‘Gone too Far’ at the Royal court theatre directed by Bijan Sheibani, written by Bola Agbaje won the Lawrence Olivier award. Soon after he toured the continents as lead Man in ’11 & 12′ by theatre guru, director Peter Brook performing at the Tramway theatre Glasgow and the Barbican London. He also toured William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet a Headlong production directed by Robert Icke. ‘Greenland’ and ‘Dammed by Despair’ both productions at the National theatre London, both directed by Bijan Sheibani. He recently landing a role in ‘Pan’ (Peter pan) a Warner Brother movie directed by Joe Wright written by Jason Funchs and J.M Barrie starring the likes of Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried premiering this October 26th 2015.

Barroce Adiko – plays Sam – Barroce Adiko previously trained at MN Academy credits include a role in ‘SnappedTheMovie!’. Also Barroce does various comedy skits on social networking sites such as Vine, Instagram & Twitter

Demmy Ladipo – plays Jason – Demmy’s theatre credits include Closer at the Courtyard theatre. Family, a devised piece also at the courtyard theatre. Played Hugo. HurlyBurly at the omnibus theatre Demmy has also starred in Trylife episode 2 (Online web series).

Renai Banerbie – plays Nana – Renai’s first acting role is SnappedTheMovie.

Solomon Akono – plays Maxwell – Solomon has played different parts in TV, Film and Theatre.

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