Sunday (17th February), saw the cream of both the UK and International black film and television community converge on Westminster’s swanky Park Plaza hotel for the 2013 Screen Nation Awards Ceremony.
One week on from the Bafta’s and perhaps the perfect romantic night out post-valentines, the ceremony, which was launched back in 2003 is the brainchild of veteran Independent/International film producer Mr. Charles Thompson (MBE).
Foregrounding the movers and shakers of black British film and television, the awards also celebrate established mainstream stars from the worlds of sport, music, fashion, media, and politics.
This year’s event was seamlessly hosted by comic Lateef Lovejoy and award-winning presenter Leah Charles-King.
Guests and winners at this year’s Screen Nation Awards included Zaraah Abrahams, Ellen Thomas, Chucky Venn, Nonso Anozie, Mark Lewis-Francis, Kojo and Annaliese Dayes amongst others.
The highest accolade of the night went to iconic actor Joseph Marcell, recipient of the Edric Connor Inspiration Award.
However, The British Blacklist today takes time out to acknowledge the continued rise to prominence of writer/director Destiny Ekaragha, winner of the Screen Nation sponsored Emerging Talent Award.
The third child of six children Destiny Ekaragha describes film as always being one of her favourite pastimes.
The possibility of escaping to a world other than her own became something very resonant for this young Londoner.
Destiny has since spent most of her time assembling the building blocks of a promising future calling the shots behind the screen. She is tenacious and appreciates every aspect of the filmmaking process from script writing to directing to accumulating funds for production.
She studied film in college and university and got her first runner job on a short called Wimbledon.
Numerous runner jobs later, including a stint at BBC Films, Destiny teamed up with producer Tamana Bleasdale in 2008 to make her first short ‘Tight Jeans’; a project she both wrote and directed. Tight Jeans was funded by the Southern Exposure branch of Film London and went on to be officially selected by the 2008 Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival. It was also eventually voted the best short film shown at the London Film Festival by The Observer newspaper.
Destiny’s official website www.destinyekaragha.com is a buffet of her production highlights so far…and visitors are really in for some treats.
She directed the pop music video for Marli Harwood’s catchy 2011 single “Billy”. The refreshingly original concept of the video is the jaunty consideration… What if Wills and Kate grew up on a run-down council estate!?
Also featured is the Channel 4 produced comedy-drama written by Abby Ajayi The Future WAGS of Great Britain. Her direction in this touching comedy short features rising stars of the UK acting circuit, Naana Agyei-Ampadu, and Bunmi Mojekwu.
Currently developing several projects including three short films, several music videos and she has just finished shooting her feature debut ‘Gone Too Far‘ a comedy based on the award-winning stage play by Bola Agbaje about two brothers one born in Nigeria the other born in London and their struggle to find themselves and relate to each other. Set to be released later this year.
Highlights of the 2013 Screen Nation Awards will be shown first at the end of the month on Vox Africa (Sky218) with further broadcasts across OH TV, Klear and BEN TV.