GAL APPROVED! Watch Gals Who Express Themselves Through Music: Mood on AMC & Casablanca BeatsBy The DivaGals | November 4, 2022 | Entertainment, Gal Approved
Get In The Mood
Mood on AMC is based on British writer Nicôle Lecky’s critically acclaimed Royal Court play Superhoe. Sasha Clayton (Lecky) dreams of becoming a major recording artist, but right now she’s a bedroom artist: spending her days smoking weed and stalking her ex-boyfriend (Jordan Duvigneau, My Mum Tracy Beaker) on Instagram. When she is kicked out of her family home for drunkenly trying to burn her ex’s house down, Sasha becomes homeless and is forced to fend for herself, sofa-surfing with local drug dealer Saleem (Mohammad Dalmar). Everything seems to change when she meets and moves in with Instagram influencer and party girl Carly (Lara Peake, Brave New World), who introduces her to the exciting world of making money and becoming ‘famous’ on social media. But as the gap between her online presence and her dream of being a singer continues to grow, Sasha finds herself struggling to escape this new influencer world that is more complex and darker than she could have imagined. The series is told in part through the songs that Sasha creates and features an innovative original soundtrack performed by Lecky.
Mood on AMC premieres Sunday, Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. ET on BBC AMERICA and AMC+. AMC+ will premiere the first two episodes that day, with additional episodes available to stream on the service one week early.
Casablanca Beats: One Vibrant and Inspirational Hip Hop Musical
An official selection of the Canne Film Festival 2021, Director Nabil Ayouch (Razzia, Horses of God) drew on his own experience of opening a youth cultural center in Casablanca for this story of a former rapper named Anas who takes a job teaching hip hop in an underprivileged neighborhood. Despite differences in identity, religion, and politics, Anas encourages his students to bond together and break free from the weight of restrictive traditions in order to follow their passion and express themselves through the arts. Featuring a dynamic ensemble of first-time actors–many of them students of the real-life cultural center where the film was shot–Casablanca Beats is a vibrant and inspiring coming-of-age hip hop musical with a decidedly feminist edge. Mixing intimate yet high-stakes drama with infectious musical sequences, the film transports audiences to a lively and contemporary Casablanca, far from the clichés about the Arab world. Morocco’s official submission to the 94th Academy Awards® offers a refreshing dose of youthful inspiration alongside a powerful message about the liberating power of self-expression.
Now Available to Rent or Own Exclusively on Kino Now. Available on All Digital Platforms (Apple TV, Amazon, Vudu, and Google Play) on Nov. 15.
Photo Credit: Natalie Seery/BBC Studios/Bonafide Film, Kino Lorber