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Catford restaurant Cool Breeze stars in budding filmmaker's online debut
A budding filmmaker has created a racy web series inspired by hilarious incidents at her family’s Caribbean restaurant in Catford.
Multi-talented Danielle Scott-Haughton wrote, filmed, directed and edited Dear Jesus – a funny, raw and honest look at life as a young woman in south east London.
Filmed mainly at her aunt’s take away joint, Cool Breeze in Hither Green Lane, the first season’s finale is due for release on You Tube next Monday (October 8).
Danielle, who works in the restaurant, told Vibe: “This is my baby.
“It’s about Mercedes, a young fashion journalist who gets fired from her job and then finds her boyfriend sleeping with her best friend.
“She cries out to Jesus, saying ‘you said you would look after me.’
“The series is her diary which she keeps to Jesus.”
Danielle, whose dream is to win an Oscar for directing, has been passionate about movies since was a child.
She continued: “When I was younger my mum used to let me stay at home by myself.
“I watched films all the time – I’m an only child so I used to make really strong connections with the characters and make friends with the actors.
“I got really, really sucked in.
“I just love the way, through films, you can take people out of their comfort zone and into a whole new world.”
Danielle decided to follow in the footsteps of the many filmmakers releasing work on the web.
The 23-year-old added: “Young directors and producers have been working online a lot because they can’t get their stuff on TV.
“I just said to myself ‘come on Dani, stop wasting time’.
“I started making it in February and finished in August this year.
“I feel really proud, but I’m also really aware the word ‘Jesus’ scares people a lot – some think it’s going to be really preachy.
“Religion can be off-putting to people.
“But once they watch it, they say ‘this is my life – this has happened to me’.
“I’ve had really good responses.”
Created under Danielle’s company name, Wonder London Films, the five-part series also includes scenes filmed around Deptford.
But the star of the show remains Cool Breeze, where lead character Mercedes ends up working.
“It’s been in our family for 15 years.” Danielle said.
“So many funny things happen there – like customers coming in and asking for chicken soup with no chicken and rice and peas with no peas.
“There’s a comic element to Dear Jesus as well.
“The restaurant inspired me and I built the drama around it.”
And while her favourite director is the late Tony Scott, Danielle admires women in the business too.
“I’m excited about this new wave of young film directors.” She said.
“Men are great with the action but the women have amazing stories to tell.
“I love being able to talk to people through films.”
You can catch Dear Jesus on youtube.com (the first episode contains scenes of a sexual nature and swearing), with the second season due for release next March.