Jess Dadds

In his work, Jess Dadds (United Kingdom, 1993) often focuses on youth culture and social issues. His short film I Am Good At Karate was shot on location on a mixture of colour and hand-processed black-and-white 16mm, and also with a mixture of first-time performers and traditionally trained actors. This way, he breaks with the British tradition of social issue films presented in a predefined social realism style.


Portrait of a young teenager with mental health issues who is passionate about karate. They wander around a housing estate in East Kent, locked in verbal and physical battles with a hallucinatory demon.