Shorts continue to be a central part of Channel’s VOD service, All 4. From delving into the world of hip hop to what it means to be a drifter, July’s original short films uncover secretive worlds and communities. Here’s what’s on the way:
Hollywood Hijack – Available now
Irishman Seán Burke joins the press junket circuit for interviews with film stars about their latest releases. Here, he talks to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart about action comedy Central Intelligence. Think Hugh Grant from Horse and Hound in Notting Hill. But with fewer horses and hounds.
How to Make Hip Hop Millions – Available now
For over three decades, hip hop has made millionaires of people who started with nothing. Journalist and entrepreneur Joanna Abeyie heads to the US to discover the roots of the music and speak to the people who keep the hip hop industry booming today.
Episode 1: Straight Into Compton
What is it about LA that creates so many hip hop superstars? We visit the childhood homes of Dr Dre, The Game and Kendrick Lamar to find out. In the hoods they grew up in, making a record seemed easy compared to the day to day hustle they’d become embroiled in.
Episode 2: Wealth Producers
Behind every a successful hip hop artist is a team of producers, writers and assistants. We meet the moguls who started from the bottom, working their way up to create business empires. But where do they go from here?
Episode 3: Do Believe the Hype
Is it possible to market yourself by working with brands, while maintaining authenticity? In this episode, we also meet Director X, music video director of Drake’s Hotline Bling and Rihanna’s Work.
Episode 4: Cash Queens
Why is it that women in hip hop have to work harder to make it? In this episode, we hear from the women who are competing with their male counterparts. Joanna speaks to US-based UK rapper, Estelle.
Episode 5: Bedroom Moguls
Joanna meets Hopsin, a rapper who made it big from his bedroom. By studying the industry, Hopsin saw a gap in the market for his music and continues to release albums from his own home.
Episode 6: Brits Making Dollars
In this episode, we hear from Dizzee Rascal on the difference between the UK and US hip hop scenes. Dizzee discusses his rise from pirate radio to touring with Justin Timberlake, and provides his thoughts on where the UK grime scene is heading.
Stripper Collective – Available now
This short documentary explores the world of striptease, seeking to challenge common misconceptions about the profession. Through various voices, the film sheds light on an unexplored side to stripping with lead characters Stacey Clare and Kitty Velour, who discuss the exploitative working conditions of a traditional strip club. The duo speak candidly on how strip clubs can charge exotic dancers to work in their venues, with women often being a couple hundred pounds down before a shift begins.
Stacey Clare is the founder of the East London Strippers Collective; a group of female night performers who have united to improve their working conditions, break down stereotypes and show what they call ethical stripping. The film focuses on a range of vibrant personalities who are striving to make it safer and better for fellow workers in their industry.
Britain’s Best Boy Racers – 4th July
Ahead of the 2016 Formula 1 British Grand Prix, we bring you Britain’s Best Boy Racers and lift the bonnet of some of the most extreme cars in the country. In this series, car modification is taken to new levels as we see two people per episode battle it out for a trophy. From loudest car to best bounce and individuality, contestants are tasked with revving the judge’s engines to claim the prize of Britain’s ultimate modified car.
Episode 1: Best I.C.E. (In Car Entertainment)
Subs, amps, speakers; the judges want to see and hear the best. It’s BMW vs Chrysler, but it isn’t the make that’s important. How loud can they get?
Episode 2: Best Bounce
Two enthusiasts show off their low riders, and compete for the trophy. One a hearse, the other a Lincoln – but which will bounce the highest, and look the best doing it?
Episode 3: Best Classic
‘The Midland’s Mad Max’ vs a Mini – old meets new. Can the finalists keep it classy with added modern features? Expect exhaust flames, neon lights and subwoofers.
Episode 4: Biggest Personality
Sometimes it’s not all about looks. In this episode, the judges are looking for a car that represents its owner – a car that rolls down the street and everyone knows who’s driving.
Episode 5: Loudest Car
It’s the battle of the bass in this episode. The only thing that will win these finalists a trophy is the decibel level. Get your earplugs ready.
Episode 6: Most Badass
This final competition is for the country’s most notorious car. The best sound system, the best body, the best paint job. The whole works.
Driving Sideways – 4th July
Smoke, noise and pushing motors to the limit. For these car junkies, racing doesn’t just mean going forward. Drifting is a way of life, and we find out what it is that keeps them shackled in the driving seat.
Episode 1: Get the Drift
Westonzoyland is a special place for a small community of drifters. Legal, organised and perfect for drifting, this strip of tarmac is home to those wanting to perfect their abilities in the car.
Episode 2: The Winning Mentality
Baggsie is driven by becoming a better and better drag racer. From Japan to South Africa, drifting has taken Baggsie all over. He talks us through what goes through his head during a race.
Episode 3: Driving like a Girl
Jodie was never into dresses and ballet when she was younger. Instead, she chose to drift cars, and loves to prove that girls can be better than the boys she’s racing.
Episode 4: Grease Monkey
After nine months of working on it, Phill’s friend crashed his beloved car. There’s a lot of work to do, but can he get it fixed in time for his next event?
Episode 5: Str33t Dr1ft1ng
“Lee” talks us through the secretive world of street drifting, opening up a world that only begins after midnight. After a bad day at work “Lee” likes nothing more than to screech his car around roundabouts.
Episode 6: Nought to Sixty-Nine
This episode focuses on professional drifter Buttsy, who’ll be trying to drift a Formula 1 car. He talks about how he got into drifting, and how his job is different to the usual 9-5.
Joe Wicks Food Series – 19th July
Instagram sensation and Body Coach phenomenon Joe Wicks brings his unique brand of nutrition and exercise to All 4, enrolling celebrities in his revolutionary fitness regime. In a series of six episodic shorts, the likeable body coach challenges celebrities to enter his world of high-intensity exercise and enjoy tasty, nutrient dense dinners so they get fit, strong and healthy.
Watch Channel 4’s shorts on All 4 at www.channel4.com/shorts.