ABFF Interview: Director Lanre Olabisi (HBO Short Film Finalist)


A Storybook Ending turns the question, "what would you do if you realized the person you just killed while defending yourself was in fact a cop" into a timely dark farce. In 18 minutes, writer/director Lanre Olabisi creates a dynamic and layered neo-noir plot that's an excellent balance between the real and the ridiculous. 

Starring Rotimi Paul (The First Purge), Carra Patterson (Straight Outta Compton), Sawandi Wilson (Isn’t It Romantic) and Toni Ann DeNoble (Manifest) this dark comedy tackles a blend of timely issues in the most unlikely setting and circumstances. A Storybook Ending is a comedy of errors that digs in to marital imbalance, greed, and the fear underlying it all, a fear of the police. 

A Storybook Ending screened on August 21st in the HBO Short Film Competition during the 2020 American Black Film Festival. It's one of only five shorts in the prestigious short film competition.

Ro sat down with Lanre to discuss his short film, the inspiration behind the story and how the comedy is a perfect gateway into confronting the issues lurking beneath the laughs. 

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