As part of UNBOUND: Visions Of The Black Feminine season at BFI, THINK Cinematic’s Jan Asante hosted a special #BCAFilmFest (Black Cultural Archives Film Festival) screening of BAFTA-nominated British film Second Coming, starring Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall and written by the phenomenal debbie tucker green.

Post screening, the audience moved into the BFI library to hold an intimate salon to discuss the important themes of this powerful, yet almost buried piece of black cinema.

Joining Asante in conversation is The British Blacklist founder Akua Gyamfi, and journalist and filmmaker Be Manzini of Caramel Film Club.

Take a listen as they unpack the significance of director debbie tucker green’s Second Coming as a rare and exceptional offering in the underrepresented canon of contemporary Black and British drama and explore why it is that nuanced British family dramas that centre Black lives and feature prominent black, and if you like, specifically dark-skinned female leads remain so few and far between?

***disclaimer*** this discussion will reference plot points of Second Coming, so if you’re someone who can’t take spoilers, and generally if you haven’t seen this film, please do watch Second Coming via BFI Player here.


HOST – Culture Kinetica: THINK CINEMATIC is a Creative Consultancy brand founded by designer, writer, and film programmer Jan Asante. As a curator, Jan has produced #BCAFilmFest in partnership with Black Cultural Archives since 2014, and served as a consultant on the 2016 BBC series, Black Is The New Black (for Iconoclast & Pulse Films). As a film writer, Jan has contributed to BFI/British Film Institute’s Black Star Compendium and has been featured in Sight & Sound Magazine, Indiewire.com, Shadow & Act and June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive.
[@JanaSante |@CultureKinetica facebook.com/CultureKinetica]

AKUA GYAMFI – Journalist, scriptwriter and founder of The British Blacklist – an online portal chronicling the careers of professionals from film, television, theatre, literature & music alongside daily news updates from across the entertainment industries.
[www.thebritishblacklist.co.uk | @BritBlacklist]

BE MANZINI – her writing practice spans poetry, theatre, journalism and film. Residencies and commissions include Hoxton Hall, Immediate Theatre and The Southbank Centre, as well as featuring in numerous publications and more recently online at The British Blacklist. Her films have screened as part of the BFI Love Festival, Apples & Snakes, Picture House cinemas and in various festivals here and abroad. Manzini supports and screens the work of Black actors and directors through Caramel Film Club. [@BeCreates]