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Month: March 2018

‘Third Act’ adds CJ Beckford & Michael Akinsulire to cast

CJ Beckford and Michael Akinsulire will join Ashley Bannerman, Gia Ré and Stephanie Levi-John in digital drama series ‘Third Act’. From the creators of How Did We Get Here? and writer/DP duo of Brothers With No Game, Leon Mayne & Olan Collardy. Layered in hidden messages, Third Act tells the story of three friends as they embark on a new venture in podcasting. A humble setting for conversation quickly yields tension-filled exchanges between the friends, opening up a sequence of events that reveal secrets in their respective relationships. Beckford will play Shaun, a junior agent at a boutique talent agency representing...

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BBC comedy pilot Famalam Gets a full series!

Following on from a successful pilot last year, Famalam is set to embark on its maiden four-episode voyage. In the debut series of the sketch show we’ll meet a huge range of comic creations including thwarted Nigerian philanthropist Prince Alyusi, Croydon’s leading voodoo doctor Professor Lofuko, misunderstood superhero Eclipse, never-satiated chicken-loving schoolboy Fat Sam and over-amorous daytime TV hosts/lovers, William and Funke. Along the way, we’ll also learn some newly-unearthed Black British History with garage MC Scribbler P, get a sneak peek of the latest Nollywood blockbusters, and at last, see some much-needed cultural diversity injected into Midsomer Murders....

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BAFTA 2018 talent initiatives are now open for application

BAFTA has just opened applications for some BAFTA new talent initiatives that people working in film/games/TV can know apply for: See the list below: Scholarships – Want to study a postgrad course in film, games or TV but need financial support?  BAFTA’s Scholarships Programme awards students in need of financial assistance to take a post-graduate course related to a career in film, games or television. We offer a range of global scholarships annually, with programmes in the UK, USA, and China. UK Scholarship Programme China Scholarship Programme LA Scholarship Programme New York Scholarship Programme Find out more and apply for a...

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90% #OutOf100: Idris Elba’s “In The Long Run” Is A Nostalgic Must See

What do you get when you take the story of a Canning Town kid-made-good? Sky 1’s newest six-part period comedy, In The Long Run, based on Idris Elba’s life growing up in East London! Opening with Walter Easmon (Idris Elba), 13 years immigrated to East London reading a letter from his Sierra Leonean Mama (Ellen Thomas!). Factory foreman Walter is in early middle age, and reads his mother’s words with affection until she ends by informing him that his younger brother Valentine (Jimmy Akingbola) is on his way to England to stay with him! Walter’s community-spirited wife Agnes (Madeline Appiah) is...

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Idris Elba Talks Authenticity & Laughs As Creator-Actor-Producer of New Sky 1 Comedy “In The Long Run”!

When you hear the name Idris Elba, you think action man, detective, supernatural gunman …  Yet,  Elba has an impressive comedy pedigree. His first television role, aged just 22, was in the British sitcom 2Point4 Children (1994). Going on to star in sitcoms on both sides of the Atlantic – Absolutely Fabulous (1995), Girlfriends (2005), The Office USA (2009).  His animated work includes Zootropolis (2016, Chief Bogo) and Finding Dory (2016, cockney sea lion Fluke). He appeared in courtroom comedy-drama Queens Supreme (2003) and The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency (2008). Not forgetting some of his feature films This Christmas (2007), Guy Ritchie’s music meets criminal underworld comedy RocknRolla...

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Who better to tell the black female story than a black woman? Thank you Ava!

When you think of a director, the first thing that probably pops into mind is a white man standing on set, wearing a cap, folding his arms. For a long time, these cap wearing white men were the only ones carving out narratives for black women. As a result, we existed on screen as either the ‘angry’, ‘single’, ‘downtrodden’, ‘strong/hardened’ black woman.’  These tropes were unlike the women I saw growing up. I witnessed strong, but sensitive, beautiful but beastly women in my lifetime and I understood that what was reflected on TV and Film, was only a fraction...

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David Ajala to star in George R. R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ coming soon to Netflix

Based on George R. R. Martin’s novella, Nightflyers is set in the future on the eve of Earth’s destruction. A crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship’s artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space. Although we don’t see him in this first teaser trailer, #BritishBlacktor David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) has been...

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Must watch – Reggie Yates: Searching for Grenfell’s Lost Lives

Reggie Yates meets people whose lives have been devastated by the Grenfell fire… … hoping to piece together the human stories behind some of those lost in the tragedy. Amid the aftermath that followed the Grenfell Tower fire – calls for justice, claims of conspiracy, accusations of social apartheid – it’s easy to forget that there is still so much we don’t know about many of those that died, who they were and how they lived before the fire. Reggie’s detailed search into these lives will give BBC Two audience a new and very personal perspective on this national...

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Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart performed by authors & Nollywood artists @ Southbank Sunday 15 April 2018

Hear a special 60th anniversary reading of Chinua Achebe’s masterpiece Things Fall Apart, performed by authors and Nollywood artists. Chinua Achebe’s masterpiece provides a searing examination of a traditional African society fracturing under colonial rule. It has sold over 12 million copies in over 50 languages and inspired generations of authors, artists, and musicians, from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Kendrick Lamar. First published in 1958, Things Fall Apart had a revelatory impact, both as a work of vivid literary realism and acute moral insight. Readers: Olu Jacobs – Actor and Nollywood icon Adesua Etomi – Award-winning Nollywood star Kele...

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Watch Sorry I Shot You – A Real Story documentary by Nicole Stanbury

He shot a cop. Did his time. And now wants to make amends. (A fresh, moving look at Restorative Justice.) Dean Stanbury aka Stana was a bad-boy gangster and grime rapper growing up in East London. Then one fateful day in 2006 he shot and wounded a police officer. Dean was running away and fired over his shoulder. He did 8 years in jail, coming out a changed man. He now wants to track down the officer he shot and express his remorse and regret, check he is OK, and apologise to him face to face for what he...

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