‘Cherps’: Showing on BBC 2; 12.05 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007
Cherps is a fresh and charming romantic comedy; one that draws equally on traditions of British story telling as well as that of New York indie filmmaking.In the film, Reggie, a 30-ish west London, second generation, black British geezer, likes to live on the fly, ducking and diving and avoiding work whenever possible. He also likes to cherps women. In black British street slang ‘to cherps’ is ‘to chat up’ or ‘to flirt’ with women. Simple.
Reggie’s dilemma in the film arrives when his long time baby mother, Sandra, puts the clamps on him; she wants him to settle down and stop running with his homeboys. This of course puts Reggie into a tailspin. Settle down?! Make a commitment?! These are big concepts; they need a lot of thought.
And so over the next seven days Reggie goes on something of an existential journey into the meaning of commitment, the meaning of happiness…the meaning of life, no less.
The Director and CEO of Kush Films, Marlon Palmer, described Cherps as “a truly delightful, thought provoking and in parts hilarious piece of filmmaking that truly represents Black British cinema all done in a visually stylish and pleasing fashion — Spike Lee himself would be proud of it!”