Serious Tingz


A short tale on the face of masculinity, portrayed by young men who grow up in inner city environments. Where the iconic ‘screwface’ is more than just an expression, it’s a matter of life and death.

The 3-minute think-piece aims to dispel the look’s reputation as a form of intimidation, and instead to help shed light on its purpose as a form of self-defence. Based on real life experiences, Abdou Cisse, who grew up in South London - gives you an insight into what it’s like growing up in a place where a young man’s masculinity is challenged and defended by a mere expression.

Posing a simple question: What is a smile worth?

Written and Directed by Abdou Cisse
Co-written and Voiced by Kieran Kenlock.

DOP: Quba Tuakli
Editor: Marvin Alvarez
Executive Producers: AAA
Casting: Nico Jouvel and Andre Black
Line Producers: Matt Ellingham, Iona Patterson and Rebecca Perry
Camera Assistant: Birame Cisse
Colourist: James Bamford
Sound: Tom Joyce
Photography: Korrie P & Zainab Abelque
Graphic Design: Adam Hunt

Special thank you to all the cast. Who had to put up with a ton of bad jokes in an attempt to make them smile. To the Mill and Vaudeville for the support.