The Drifters

The Drifters

by Benjamin Bond

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

In a post-Brexit United Kingdom. Koffee, an African migrant, and Fanny, a French waitress, are two lost souls who attempt to find home in one another and escape the labels that inevitably leave them homeless. A sun-drenched romantic drama about identity.

Awards & Festivals

World Premiere at Sao Paulo IFF






Director Bio

Benjamin Bond is a writer and director focused on creating dynamic independent feature films with an international outlook and individual edge. Previously Ben wrote Killing Bono which was picked up by Paramount Pictures and BAFTA nominated comedy series Skins for Channel 4. Ben has directed many well-known commercials. The Drifters is his feature film debut.

Director Statement

The film is largely shot on the beaches I grew up on and has a sunny ‘daylight’ vibe. I wanted to make the sort of romantic film you don’t see so much these days and the cool soundtrack and primary colors reflect that. It’s a relationship movie on every level, between the young lovers, also between the film-makers and the audience, and finally between the UK and everyone else. The Drifters is my love letter from Britain to the rest of the world on the eve of Brexit. I think of it as a European movie.

Cast Bio

Jonathan Ajayi 
The Drifters is LAMDA graduate Ajayi’s first feature film. The 
Londoner’s stage credits include Brothers Size at The Young Vic. 
He is soon to appear in BBC One’s Noughts + Crosses. 

Lucie Bourdeu
Paris-based Lucie Bourdeu is known for All That Glitters, Kings For A Day and popular French TV series En Famille.


Ariyon Bakare
Ariyon Bakare is a British actor, writer and director who has been 
working across film, television and theatre since graduating from 
Drama Centre London. His most recent roles include in Ira Sachs’ 
Frankie, which premiered at Cannes 2019, the new Amazon sixpart 
drama Good Omens and the forthcoming Amazon fantasy 
noir Carnival Row.


Screenplay: Benjamin Bond

Production Companies: Starcross Entertainment, Cove Pictures


Executive Producers: Andy Brunskill, Ben Thompson, Elinor Day, Paul Ashton, Heather Rabbatts, Patrick Milling-Smith


Editor: Tommy Boulding


Cinematography: Ben Moulden


Costume Designer: Georgina Napier


Colourist: Jodie Davidson


Casting Director: Isabella Odoffin


Music: Zero VU

Original Title: The Drifters | UK 2019 | 91’ | English | Colour | Audio 5.1 | Shot on Arri Alexa

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