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A Film Commissioned by Contact. Now available to stream on-demand.

Limited time remaining – available to stream on-demand until Tuesday 11 May.

This film premiered at Queer Contact 2021.

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My name is mandla.

It means power.

I gave it to myself.

mandla rae has a selective memory and they are scrambling to piece together their life. as british as a watermelon questions what it means to belong through exploring mandla’s fragmented asylum and migration memories.

Told through an unflinching autofiction narrative, weaving poetry and storytelling with destruction and colourful chaos, you are invited to join mandla as they rise from the dead and reclaim their misplaced power.

For this digital film commission Mandla has collaborated with artist film maker Graham Clayton-Chance.


Captions are available for this film.

About mandla rae

Artist mandla rae films their performances of 'As british as a watermelon'

📸Graham Clayton-Chance

mandla rae is a queer Zimbabwean writer, performer and curator. They are agender and their pronouns are they/them. Their work typically explores their intersectional existence and their response to the world around them. They have been commissioned by many organisations across the country including the BFI, Journeys Festival International and Hope Mill Theatre to make written works. mandla has be part of Re:con and Young Identity.

Content Warning

Discussion of trauma, reference to sexual assault, child abuse, suicide, reference to border police and discussion of asylum, racism.


  • Produced by Switchflicker Productions/Jayne Compton
  • Director/Editor/Sound Design Graham Clayton-Chance
  • Costume John Krausa
  • Creative Advisors Sonia Hughes and Jo Fong
  • Director of Photography Benjamin Liddell
  • Set Designer Michael Hankin
  • Outside Eye Dan Watson
  • Production Manager Phil Buckley
  • Conceived with support and encouragement of rage from Mother’s Bloomers (Mothers Ruin Artist Development Scheme).
  • Supported by Contact, Arts Council England, GM LGBTQ Arts and Culture Network Bursary, The Lowry’s Untitled Residency 2020.-
  • Commissioned by Contact and Hope Mill Theatre’s Turn on Fest 2020.


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    28 minutes
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Tuesday 11 May Anytime
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