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Month: November 2017

How Two UK Entrepreneurs Successfully Sold Their Sitcom Across Africa Without a Mainstream Broadcaster

In 2010 Debra Odutuyo sold her car and moved back in with her parents and Andrew Osayemi left his Investment Banking career to embark on their entrepreneurial dream. They joined forces to launch an independent TV production company called MTA Productions to produce a comedy TV show, Meet The Adebanjos about African parents trying to raise their British kids in London.  Eager to achieve a major TV deal, they pitched the show to mainstream media outlets but to no avail. “After months of feeling sorry for myself, a successful business friend pulled me aside and asked: “Why do you actually...

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98% #OutOf100 What’s in a name? #Hashtag Lightie opens up conversations about race in the UK

After a successful run earlier this year, #Hashtag Lightie, the third play by writer/director Lynette Linton, is back for a second run for a short time at the Arcola Theatre. The play explores several issues that surround the mixed-race experience in the UK, in particular, the relationship with the word ‘lightie’ both within and outside the Black community. You may have heard it, used it, or even have been called it; the term ‘lightie’ is one that is loaded with several meanings. And attaching it to a hashtag brings with it a particular nuance that does not go unchecked...

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90% #OutOf100 – Spike Lee’s Series Reboot of She’s Gotta Have It. You’ve Gotta Watch It.

The problem with writing reviews after watching something which speaks so directly to your soul is that it’s difficult to hide behind your reviewer’s shield. There’s no time to wait for the emotions to get back into their lock-boxes when the deadline calls. Here goes. Spike Lee deserves dissertation-length words about him, his work and his legacy. This is a pre-apology, because… time. She’s Gotta Have It (SGHI) the 2017 series based on Mr. Lee’s 1986 first ever feature film of the same name will have landed on Netflix by the time you’re reading this review. The film in a nutshell – Beautiful Nola Darling...

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Triforce Short Film Festival Announces 2017 Finalists

The shortlist of films for the 2017 TriForce Short Film Festival (TFSFF) has been announced at an exclusive launch at the BFI, Stephen Street. This morning, TFSFF also announces the final four films selected for the ‘Best of the Fest’ award, to be screened at a red carpet Gala event at BAFTA on 2nd December.

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90% #OutOf100 – Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax returns to the Old Vic with its highly relevant adaptation

  First presented at the Old Vic theatre 2 years ago Max Webster’s production of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax makes a welcome return to this famous london stage and doesn’t disappoint. Written in 1971 this adaptation to the stage manages to harness the book’s originality and poetic magic whilst translating a poignant conservation message still relevant today. The story begins with a young group who stumble across a mysterious box with the title ‘Unless’ written on it. Mystified by its meaning they decide to ask the Once-ler a hermit who resides in an old decrepit tower nearby. The Once-ler...

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