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Marlon Kush Film Boutique and UK’s leading Marketing, PR, Film Exhibition and Distribution specialist of urban films.

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In 1998 he created a job for himself and set out to establish an exhibition and marketing platform for disadvantaged black filmmakers - thus the renowned ‘Kush Film Club’ was launched.


Through the film club UK audiences were the first to see the best shorts films from black filmmakers along with exclusive and premiere screenings of indie and mainstream films like: Eve’s Bayou, Daughters of the Dust, The Players Club, Rush Hour, Belly, Romeo Must Die, Shaft, Scary Movie, Bullet Boy, Ray, Crash, Coach Carter, Beauty Shop, Four Brothers and many other films in numerous cinemas across London, from 2004 – 2006. The film club was based in the heart of the West End of London at prestigious cinemas like The Odeon, Covent Garden & the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Sq. Now known as the renowned Kush Film Boutique and still based in the West End but now at the prestigious Regent St Cinema (UK’s first ever cinema which originally opened in 1896, refurbished and relaunched with National Lottery funding in 2015) and in its 19th year; this is the UK’s longest running established exhibition platform for urban/black films with over 250 films exclusively screened or premiered.


The Film Boutique was taken to Bristol and Leeds and also operated in Birmingham & Luton for the whole of 2013. Marlon also set up Kush Promotions & PR and through this company went onto uniquely be consulted as a marketing/PR specialist by many major film distributors and worked on campaigns for various Home Entertainment DVD releases including many martial art films and mainstream theatrical releases like: Crash, Baggage Claim, Black Nativity, The Butler, 12 Years A Slave, Fruitvale Station, Half A Yellow Sun, Starred Up, The Maze Runner, Gone Too Far, Selma, Top Five and others.


The not-for-profit arm of the business Kush Community Arts & Media Development was set-up in 2001 to give back to the community and through this various multi-media training courses, workshops, youth talent showcases, 3- year Black History Month Film Festival, Martin Luther King ‘I Have A Dream’ Schools Competition and Gun and Knife crime awareness events have been put on; and more recently in 2016 the Go-Getters Networking Event was successfully set up in response to the Oscars ® So-White and International Diversity issue debate to bring pro-active aspiring urban film/TV industry personnel together. Marlon Palmer for 19 long years more than anyone else has led the way in opening film industry doors, forging access to numerous UK cinemas when that access was not there, recognised by mainstream distributors and hired as a marketing consultant on numerous major film campaigns and doing what no other Black led PR company has ever done in the UK – he is recognised by all current-day black/urban film exhibitors as a pioneer and fore-runner in the UK film Industry.

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