The aim of this film is to view the hard knock life that young men including university graduates experience when trying to find work. We want it to be understood that social interaction, peer pressure, our everyday struggles, can influence not only the mindset but also the choices young adults decide to make. Whether that choice turns out to be a mistake or not remains to be seen.
Directed & Created
By Josh Bridge
Written & Developed
By Tope Phillips
Squeeze is a London based film surrounding the pressures of young adults who live in the less glamorous parts of London. After graduating from university, a year on Jide is still struggling to find work in his field of study. Jide loses his part-time retail job due to his desire to attend an interview related to his field of study. This mounts lots of pressure on him from his mother and girlfriend who want more financial support from him. Specifically his mother wants more support with the bills whilst Paris (Jide’s girlfriend) wants to begin a new chapter of their life i.e getting a new flat together.
Ashley (Jide’s best friend) is heavily involved with fraudulent activities under Uncle K. These activities allow Ashley to live a lavish lifestyle that Jide also desires. This, along with a conversation with Uncle K, tempts Jide into this lifestyle but Ashley warns him away from it. When the pressure (caused by the break up with his girlfriend, the loss of his job and his mum asking for money) gets on top of Jide, he makes his mind up and decides to get involved in this lifestyle.
Jide finds himself in an unpleasant situation whilst involved in this lifestyle. He finds that one of the boys (little Darnell) he cons is the younger brother of an older on the estate. Little Darnell’s brother is dangerous and when he finds out that Darnell has been ripped off by Jide, he arranges for Jide to be kidnapped. Jide becomes hostage to Darnell’s crew and is told the only way to freedom is if he pays back what he owes.
Eventually Ashley finds out and goes to rescue Jide. They run into an altercation as Ashley tries to scam his way out of paying the ransom. This results in a series of bad events that occur which affect Ashley. Following this life and death predicament, Jide is left deciding whether to pursue vengeance or whether to follow a career opportunity that finally comes into his life.