TBB Talks to … the 2022 Netflix Documentary Talent Fund Filmmakers

The Netflix Documentary Talent Fund was created to support emerging filmmakers from across the UK.

With intentions to nurture the most innovative and creative minds of the future. Ten films were selected and each filmmaker received £40,000 along with mentoring and industry support to make their film.

Exploring a range of topics including identity, community, self-belief, empowerment, disability, gender diversity, and inclusion each film shares unique perspectives on British life, culture, and experience.

TBB Talks to some of the recipients whose stories relate to the UK Black experience …

TBB Talks to … Daisy Ifama, Director & Editor of ‘Twinkleberry

The story of my super gay school year that had 30+ queer students in one year group during 2005 to 2012, in a small town on the border of the Midlands and the West Country.” Directed by Daisy Ifama and produced by Grace Shutti.

I went to school between 2005 and 2012 in a small town on the border of the West Midlands and the West Country – affectionately named Twinkleberry, or Twink for short. In the late 00s and early 2010s, the UK was not woke, it was asleep and Twinkleberry was hardly progressive. So it was pretty surprising that my year group alone had so many openly queer students, fairly content living fluid teenage years when most people had to hide their sexuality.” – Daisy Ifama

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TBB Talks to … Ngaio Anyia Director, & Aodh Breathnach Producer of ‘Tegan: Dreams of the Paralympics

A young black woman with cerebral palsy is how the world categorises Tegan Vincent Cook. What we discover is her unbridled dedication to reach the 2024 Paralympics. Directed by Ngaio Anyia and produced and filmed by Aodh Breathnach.

Horse riding is a sport out of reach for most people, with its huge financial and physical requirements. None more so than for Tegan, a young black woman with cerebral palsy, whose muscles move uncontrollably in day-to-day life. Tegan fell in love with riding horses at a young age, discovering it relaxed her muscles and gave her freedom like nothing else. We follow her inspiring, determined, and empowering journey to find the perfect equestrian partner to complement her disability, and her struggle finding the financial and emotional support required to break into the industry and compete in the 2024 Olympics.

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TBB Talks to … Dhiyva, Director of ‘The Bee Whisperer

Rastafarian Barry can often be found rescuing swarms of bees from Scousers’ homes and “yard-ens”, known locally in Liverpool as The Bee Whisperer. This is his story. Directed by Dhivya Kate Chetty.

Using nothing more than smoke and a t-shirt, septuagenarian Rastafarian, Barry, can often be found rescuing swarms of bees from Scousers’ homes and “yard-ens”. Since saving an impressive swarm outside a city-centre restaurant, to the applause of diners, he’s known locally as The Bee Whisperer. This short doc follows Barry, originally from Jamaica, as he rescues swarms, teaches bee-keeping, and preaches bees. The film is a strangely moving meditation on the cycle of life, belonging, and the centrality of bees to human existence.

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TBB Talks to … Jason Osborne, Director & Precious Mahaga, Producer of ‘Love Languages

An Afro-Caribbean barbershop is so much more than just a place to get your hair cut. It’s a safe space for the black male community. Directed by Jason Osborne and produced by Precious Magaha.

Love Languages is a nuanced documentation of these conversations. A portrayal of six men from differing generations and walks of life, as they discuss their experiences of love and loss through emotive introspection, whilst challenging perceptions of their identity and black masculinity. An Afro-Caribbean barbershop is so much more than just a place to get your hair cut. It’s a safe space for the black male community. An environment charged with boisterous hilarity and touching honesty in equal measure. With the barber’s chair acting as a makeshift therapist’s couch, it’s not unusual to find groups of men partaking in revealing and vulnerable conversations.

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TBB Talks to … Tavie Agama, Director of ‘Women of the Market

Introducing the markets of London and the entrepreneurial women that operate within them; trading, chattering, flattering, and most importantly earning. These are the Women of the Market. Directed by Tavie Tiffany Agama.

If London is a melting pot, the markets of our illustrious city are where you find the ingredients. Home to various cultures; a trip to a London market, is a trip around the world. East Street, Ridley Road, and Edmonton Green market house numerous inspiring women that make charismatic trading look easy. You can spot them by looking for the glint in their eyes, as they stand outside their clothing stall, their food stand, or their hole-in-the-wall hairdresser. They’re at home among the plethora of scents, languages, produce, and cultures. There’s a magic that lies in the markets of London, let the Women of the Market show you why…

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TBB TALKS to … Tobi Kyeremateng, Director of ‘Ówàmbè

Welcome to Ówàmbè – the life and soul of Nigerian party culture, and the foundation of a community. Directed by Tobi Kyerematen.

“‘Shake your body and forget your sorrow!’. That’s what we are preaching on.” In 90s Britain, a small Nigerian community began to build following the influx of migration from the West African powerhouse country throughout the 70s and 80s. In the back hall of a school somewhere in London, Nigerians began to find their way back to each other. Ówàmbè is more than a party. It’s a ritual. Ówàmbè is a docu-fiction film looking behind the sounds, tastes, and traditions of Ówàmbè in Britain – the life and soul of Nigerian party culture and community – throughout the 90s and early 2000s.

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TBB Talks to … Beya Kabelu, Director & Producer of ‘The Detective and the Dog Thief

Every four hours a pet in Britain is stolen. With some dogs worth £7,500 – theft is at a record high. This is the story of the former homicide-cop turned pet-detective who vows to hunt them down. Directed by Beya Kabelu.

Offering tragedy, humour, action, and redemption, “The Detective and The Thief” follows a number of different throughlines: the former homicide cop turned pet detective, using police-style surveillance, working to reunite pets with their families, anxious families heartbroken by the loss of their pooch, and a pet thief, JD, who has stolen over 70 dogs.

The film doesn’t single out any of these as a primary thread, instead, showing how all of their fates are interconnected as the rise in thefts continues on its cyclical life cycle. In each location, the common thread is desperation. The film captures the day-to-day reality that all of these people face, whether it’s the pursuit of a thief, dog or the lengths families will go to protect themselves from the threat of outside attacks.

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