Aml Ameen on making ‘Boxing Day’, the UK’s first Christmas-set romantic comedy led by an all-Black cast

Ameen, a UK actor who had starred in Elba’s feature directing debut Yardie, was trying to get his own directorial debut off the ground and was even considering self-financing with a budget of £500,000.

“It wasn’t that doors were shut in my face but Boxing Day is the first of its kind in British cinema where a Christmas-set rom-com is led by an all-Black cast,” Ameen suggests. “I was willing to pay for it myself upfront and get started on the process.

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