Smoke is a gritty short film set in East London. It poses some challenging issues: the relationship between skunk and schizophrenia, dependency – whether it’s drugs or religion – and coming to terms with the world around you.
It follows Polly and Mina, two girls stuck in between the worlds they come from and where they are heading. Polly is a working-class skunk addict struggling to fit in. Lost in her lonely world, Polly copes with the demands of a schizophrenic mother and the demons in her own mind. Mina is torn between the restraints of her strict Muslim upbringing and the possibilities her new life presents. The two form an unlikely bond and questions arise about the parallels between people’s dependency on drugs and religion.
They are looking for a mutual affinity in their struggle but will they find it in each other?