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'Don’t Play with L(Kn)ives' is an original hip-hop screendance based on true stories of knife crime in the UK.  Bringing together some of the UK’s finest hip-hop dancers, spoken word and original music composition, delivering a poignant message to young people of awareness, prevention and hope.  

Directed & Edited by Omari 'Motion' Carter

Concept and Choreography Brooke Milliner

Cinematography & Colour Grade by James Williams

Assistant Director: Anna Clifford

Commissioned and Executive Produced by DanceXchange (FABRIC)

Produced by Motion Dance Collective

Producers: Anna Clifford, Matthew Critchfield & Sandra Figueiredo

DanceXchange Producers: Lucie Mirkova, Rosie Clements & Emily Labhart

Dancers: Toby Jackman, Chris Arias & Aaron 'Shintastic' Duncan.

Spoken Word Poetry by Casey Bailey

Violinist: Helena Logah

Music by Brooke Milliner & Aaron 'Shintastic' Duncan

Assistant Choreography by Robia Brown

Choreographic Consultancy by Dickson Mbi

1st Assistant Camera: James Haslam

2nd Assistant Camera: James Dann

Sound Recordist and Sound Design by Arthur Turner

Makeup Artist: Chloe Bayliss

Production Runner: Genavieve Decaria

Production Marshall: Natalie Thompson

Running Time: 14 minutes 58 seconds


  • May 2023 - enCore Dance on Film Festival, Decatur, Georgia, USA

  • May 2023 - Hip Hop Cinefest: Experimental Short Category, Rome, ITALY.

  • January 2023 - Denton Black Film Festival, Texas. USA. 

  • November 2022 - British Urban Film Festival, London, UK.

  • November 2022 - Aesthetica Film Festival, York, UK.

  • October 2022 - Fifth Wall Fest, PHILIPPINES.

  • October 2022 - Exeter Dance International Film Festival, Exeter, UK.

  • June 2022 - Cinedans -- Dance on Screen Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • May 2022 - Flatpack Festival, Birmingham, UK.

  • April 2021 - Birmingham International Dance Festival, Birmingham, UK.




  • ​Honourable Mention for Best Music/Soundtrack @ Exeter Dance International Film Festival 2022. 

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