Bristol artist Jasmine Thompson takes on Just Another Girl on the I.R.T
Bristol artist Jasmine Thompson shows us her incredible artwork inspired by a pioneering film coming soon to Watershed as part of Cinema Rediscovered
Smart, sassy and sharp-tongued, the magnetic African-American lead character of Just Another Girl on the I.R.T (17-year-old Chantele) wouldn’t be at all out of place on our TV screens in 2018 – she’d fit into shows like The Incredible Jessica James, She’s Gotta Have It, or Dear White People with no problem at all.
However, her start came a lot earlier – back in 1993, Chantele took a turn on the big screen in the cult hit Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. The film wasn’t just outspoken when it came to witty dialogue. Film trailblazer Leslie Harris wrote, directed, produced the independent feature through her production company, which sold the feature to Miramax – a first for a theatrical film by an African-American woman. The film also premiered at Sundance in 1993, where Harris became the first African-American woman writer, director, producer to win a Special Jury Prize for Best Feature Film.
In celebration of 25 years of this boundary-pushing production, Watershed will be screening it as part of their Cinema Rediscovered season on 28 July with a Q+A with Leslie herself as part of Cinema Rediscovered, and have commissioned Bristol artist and Rife alumnus Jazz Thompson to create some striking artwork in response to the film. See what Jazz had to say about her creative process and the film below.
What was it about the images you illustrated that grabbed your attention?
What surprised you about Just Another Girl on The I.R.T.?
Why should people go and check it out?
What are you up to right now?