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Month: April 2018

Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie to premiere at Sundance London 2018

The 2018 Sundance London film festival programme has been released with Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie getting its UK premiere. Sundance Film Festival: London returns to Picturehouse Central from 31 May to 3 June, bringing you the best of the annual festival from across the pond. Priority booking for Picturehouse Members opens on Monday 23 April. General sales open on Monday 30 April. Yardie directed by Idris Elba (In The Long Run, Luther, Molly’s Game), his first time in the directorial chair, is based on the Victor Headley’s classic novel of the same name. Set in Jamaica, 1973, and tells the story...

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Join acclaimed American artist Kerry James Marshall for this special Tate talk

Kerry James Marshall is renowned for his explorations of black culture. Working across a range of media, including painting, sculpture, and photography, Marshall has frequently engaged with questions of race and representation, often countering stereotypes in his portraits of black life. Born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1955, he has exhibited his work around the world, including a celebrated recent retrospective that travelled from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. As a new London-themed painting by Marshall is displayed at Tate Britain, this talk...

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Jazz re:freshed & Breakin’ Convention 15th Anniversary Collaboration Crowdfunder

Marking the 15th anniversary of two iconic Black British brands, Breakin’ Convention and Jazz re:freshed are collaborating to celebrate and shout to the world ‘we made it to 15!!’ We have almost achieved our financial target, but the one element we need help from our friends, supporters, and family is in raising £4,000 so that we can create a live recording of this amazing moment in time. For the second half of this year’s Breakin Convention festival shows on 5th, 6th & 7th May at Sadler’s Wells, Jazz re:freshed and prolific musician, composer, arranger and producer Jason Yarde have...

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#TBB10 with National Youth Theatre Alumni Sope Dirisu

The National Youth Theatre, the UK’s leading youth arts organisation recently held auditions across the country this spring. The NYT is the UK’s leading youth arts organisation which aims to provide accessible training and opportunities to develop talented young people as opposed to expensive drama schools, for example, and is proving to be a champion of the next generation of talent. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Craig, Zawe Ashton, Matt Smith and Helen Mirren are just a few names from their famous alumni. We caught up with NYT graduate Sope Dirisu, who you’ll recognise from TV shows Humans (Channel 4, series 1), Undercover (BBC)...

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THE CIRCLE | Episode 2: Writers & Showrunners

The Circle, is a brand new series created by Brothers With No Game & The British Blacklist in collaboration with Levile TV. The Circle is a roundtable series connecting a golden generation of BAME creatives and filmmakers together to speak on their journeys, the creative process, the highs and lows, and the future of Digital, TV & Film. Episode 2 hosted by Akua Gyamfi looks at Writers and Showrunners paving the way for themselves and others. Writers: Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Leon Mayne, Nathan Bryon, Daniel Rusteau, Kashman...

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7-14 year old’s Enter the 2018 BAFTA Young Presenter Competition

The BAFTA Kids Young Presenter Competition is back and ready to offer someone just like you the chance to win a once-in-a lifetime prize! Are you friendly and engaging, with a passion for presenting? BAFTA is looking for someone to present BAFTA Kids content and film at a number of locations throughout the year.  You’ll be working with the BAFTA production crew at the BAFTA Children’s Awards in November and you’ll actually get to present an award at the Ceremony.  You’ll also report from the set of a children’s television programme and you will host preview coverage from an event at...

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97% #OutOf100: Famalam is The Must-See Heir-Apparent To The Real McCoy!

Famalam is the BBC’s newest six-part sketch comedy show, which features the Diaspora’s next generation of potential comedy greats. The comedy sketch show began its run with episode two last Monday 9th April at 9pm, on BBC3! What’s even better, is that the talented, great-looking, seven-strong central cast is made up of the creators. Some are familiar faces, having cut their teeth on other TV comedies – two of which are BAFTA TV nominated for 2018 Best Scripted Comedy – Timewasters (2017) [1] and Chewing Gum (2015-17). Some have done the rounds on daytime dramas and murder mysteries and some...

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#TBB10 with Urielle Klein-Mekongo on her new one-woman show ‘Yvette’

Urielle Klein-Mekongo’s debut play is based on her own true story. Yvette delves into the trials of a young Black girl growing up, from Hello Kitty knickers to ‘lightys’ to the terrible secret of her stolen childhood. Using original music, spoken word, and a loop station, this one-woman show presents a story of teenage angst and survival. Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, Yvette opened the Southbank Centre’s WOW Festival in March and is now about to tour nationally, returning to London, and be presented at five leading venues across the city in an innovative new...

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TBB at Avengers: Infinity War UK Fan Event – Paul Bettany

Disney & Marvel hosted an exclusive fan event to celebrate the pending release of Avengers: Infinity War. We spoke to Paul Bettany, who plays Vision, a superhero made of Vibranium. With the cast not allowed to say too much about the plot, we asked him whether we’ll see him getting in touch with his Wakandan roots!!! Avengers: Infinity War releases in the UK 26th April 2018 and the US 27th April 2018. As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged...

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“Dreamgirls” Powerhouse Moya Angela Proves High School Musical Can Be Art Imitating Life

There must be something in the water in the mid-Western State of Indiana, USA. Already famous for producing the Jackson Dynasty, it also produced Indianapolis native Moya Angela, a towering musical talent, with a big heart, a dazzling smile, and an infectious, deep-felt laugh. Her acting has been praised as capturing the emotional nuance needed to fully round out a role in musical theatre, and her vocal accomplishment allows her to switch seamlessly between growl-flecked notes and a whimsical, almost operatic head voice. Currently co-sharing the headline role as Effie White in the West End production of Dreamgirls, we couldn’t pass...

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