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African American Sci Fi Family Drama “Raising Dion” Ordered Straight-to-Series By Netflix!

Two weeks ago, Netflix revealed that they had ordered a 10-episode, straight-to-series science fiction family drama from commercial and music video director Dennis Liu, forthcoming Black Panther villain Michael B. Jordan, veteran show-runner Carol Barbee (UnReal, Judging Amy), writer-producer Michael Green (American Gods, Logan) and Charles D. King’s MACRO (Fences). It is slated for release as an original Netflix production! Based on Liu’s 2015 short film about an African-American single mother who discovers her young son has multiple, constantly changing abilities, Raising Dion will play out in hour-long episodes! Liu ‘s comic book of the same name is illustrated...

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CONGRATULATIONS! Sharon Duncan-Brewster Wins Best Supporting Performance @ 2017’s UK Theatre Awards!

Celebrating creative excellence and the outstanding work seen on stages in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the UK Theatre (UKT) Awards have been recognising achievement in regional theatre since 1991. Of the 15 award categories this year, six showed what black British creative talents have been saying for years – leave London, and there are opportunities and the wholehearted embrace of good work produced by good people, regardless of the artist’s demographic or superficial characteristics. The UK Theatre Award ceremony took place in London’s Guildhall, on Sunday October 15th 2017, hosted by TBB Treasure and Olivier Award-winning actress Sharon D....

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88% #OutOf100: Small Town Crime A Hugely Enjoyable Darkly Comic Neo-Noir Thriller.

Co-written and co-directed by brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms, Small Town Crime is an engaging neo-noir melodrama which demonstrates respectful nods to Peter Yates’ Bullitt (1968) and Elmore Leonard. (Get Shorty, 1995, Jackie Brown, 1997, Out of Sight, 1998, Justified, 2010-15). Mike Kendall (John Hawkes – American Gangster, 2007, Lincoln, 2012, Deadwood, 2004-06) is in an unrepentant self-destructive downward spiral. His self-loathing only lets up around adopted sister Kelly Banks (Octavia Spencer, who also executive produces) or at any hint of getting his old job back, despite the active discouragement of his former colleagues (Michael Vartan, Alias, 2001-06, and Daniel...

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68% #OUTOF100: “I Am Not A Witch” Surprisingly Unsure Of Itself #LFF2017

I Am Not a Witch is not only showing at the 2017 BFI London Film Festival, but was lately selected for prestigious Toronto, and premiered earlier this year in Cannes Director’s Fortnight. Add to that, the young Wales-based Zambian-Brit film maker Rungano Nyoni’s shortlist for the £50K IWC Schaffhausen / BFI Film Maker’s Bursary award, and the buzz around this, her first feature, plus the full house at LFF Picturehouse Central screen 2, was understandable. A small, silent girl with big eyes (Margaret Mulubwa) suddenly appears in a small rural Zambian village. Life is hard, made worse by a...

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85% #OUTOF100: “The Final Year” Shows The Obama Administration’s Dedication To America’s Former Global Leadership

The Final Year is Greg Barker’s (Manhunt, LFF 2013 Documentary Competition) intimate, fly-on-the-wall record of captivating moments from the year-long curtain call for the Obama administration. If you have never seen a documentary on the subject of Barack Obama, the 44th and first African American President of the United States, this isn’t the place to start. For that, see Inside Obama’s White House, BBC 2, a 4-part 2016 documentation of his administration from election to the dawn of his second term. Obama is interestingly sidelined in favour of his more accessible inner circle, more accurately key players in the much-maligned-by-Republicans foreign...

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I Am Not A Witch, Director Rungano Nyoni Makes Shortlist For £50k IWC Schaffhausen/BFI Bursary Award!

At an event this morning at BFI Southbank, the three finalists vying for the second IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in Association with the BFI were revealed by Sam Lavender. At £50,000, it is the most significant bursary of its kind in the UK film industry. Hope Dickson Leach won the inaugural Bursary in 2016 when her debut feature The Levelling had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival. The film went on to be released in May 2017 to great critical acclaim. Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, 2010, Les Miserables, 2012, The Danish Girl, 2015) will...

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95% Out of 100: Clarke Peters’ Revival “Five Guys Named Moe” A Glorious Tribute To Jump Blues Pioneer Louis Jordan

Five Guys Named Moe is the revival of a full-bellied tribute to ‘King of The Jukeboxes’ Louis Jordan (1908-75) and his Jump Blues (or jump jivin’) legacy. It merges a book by stage and screen legend and TBB Treasure Clarke Peters [1] and Jordan’s greatest hits, covering everything from Hot Jazz through to  Boogie Woogie Blues. And it is a must-see! With drum & base legend Goldie’s recent video [2] claiming music as an escape to shut out the noise and be transported to a better place of endless possibilities, it should be acknowledged that no-one knows this better than...

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