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The Black Film Renaissance

Part of Africa Utopia

Consider the power of black perspectives at our panel discussion with screenwriter Noel Clarke, actor Nathalie Emmanuel, actor David Gyasi and agent Femi Oguns, chaired by film-maker Simon Frederick.

From Spike Lee’s 1986 breakthrough She’s Gotta Have It, to 2015’s #OscarsSoWhite scandal and the phenomenon of Black Panther in 2018 – how has the film industry celebrated and denied diversity?

Is being seen enough to count as representation?

BAFTA-winner Noel Clarke is best known for the script of Kidulthood, and writing directing and starring in the sequels Adulthood and Brotherhood. Now a Hollywood heavyweight in Star Trek: Into Darkness, Clarke prides himself on foregrounding new talent through production company Unstoppable Entertainment.

Missandei, Game of Thrones; Ramsey, The Fast and The Furious – Nathalie Emmanuel has been part of some of the best-loved franchises of our time. It is safe to say this talent has come a long way since Hollyoaks.

British artist and film-maker Simon Frederick is known for his incisive and arresting work. He conceived, produced and directed the award winning series Black Is The New Black for BBC2. The portraits he shot during filming went on to become the largest acquisition of African-Caribbean sitters by the National Portrait Gallery.

Frederick’s recent critically acclaimed documentary Black Hollywood: ‘They've Gotta Have Us’ has received a prestigious Royal Television Society nomination and has been shortlisted by The Grierson Documentary Awards.

David Gyasi is a British actor best known for his roles in Cloud Atlas (2012) and Interstellar (2014), as well as the lead role of Lex Carnahan in The CW miniseries Containment (2016). This year, he has taken on the leading role of Agreus in the Amazon series, Carnival Row.

Femi Oguns is a prominent British agent and former actor who founded the Identity School of Acting and Identity Agency Group which provides acting training, specialising in minority actors. In 2017 he was the first agent in the UK to be awarded with a special jury prize by the British Independent Film Award for his contribution to the British Film Industry.

This event is presented in association with Indaba X.

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Purcell Room


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The Black Film Renaissance
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