Another day and another uber-talented Brit, Letitia Wright, has joined the cast of Marvel's highly anticipated Black Panther movie.
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Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes has revealed that she is eager to create a show for the UK and is eyeing the possibility of tapping into Disney’s increasingly international production presence. Speaking exclusively to Broadcast at Mipcom, Rhimes said that she had been inspired by her recent experience of working with British actors, writers and production talent. “It’s a new day in television,” she said. “Working outside of the States is something I have always wanted to do.”
The 60th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®, closed having received record breaking attendance 184,700, an 18% increase from 157,000 in 2015, with the new temporary Embankment Garden Cinema contributing significantly to that growth. A further 8,200 people enjoyed the Festival through satellite screenings across the UK of Opening Night film Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom and Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold: Reveries of a Connected World which, in a first for the Festival, was also made available online as a virtual premiere. UK-wide access brought the overall audience total to 193,129.
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ITV2 has ordered four BAME-friendly comedy and entertainment specials, commissioned by recently appointed digital channels boss Rosemary Newell and entertainment commissioning editor Asif Zubairy. The one-offs, which will air in the run up to the MOBO awards on ITV2 next month, are all fronted and produced by BAME talent.
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The BBC has announced Black And British, a season of programming celebrating the achievements of black people in the UK and exploring the rich culture and history of black Britain.
Running throughout November 2016 and led by programming on BBC Two and Four, with other content across BBC television, radio and online, the Black And British season will feature bold, vibrant and provocative stories, overturning preconceptions and challenging orthodoxies. The season will also cast a fresh light on Black history, examining the contribution and impact of Black people in the UK, as well as interrogating just what it means to be Black and British today.
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Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker is the latest big talent to join the already impressive cast roster of Marvel's Black Panther, along with Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War). In addition to Chadwick Boseman, who made his impressive debut as the titular Wakandan king, spiritual figure, and superhero in Civil War, Ryan Coogler‘s hugely-anticipated follow-up has also lined up Michael B. Jordan as the villainous Killmonger, Andy Serkis as Age of Ultron’s low-tier baddie Ulysses Claw, and Winston Duke as a key villain M’Baka, nee “Man-Ape”.
This week saw Charlie Brooker preview episodes from the new series of Black Mirror, which is set to premiere on Netflix on 21st October.
Produced by House of Tomorrow, the anthology series features 12 stand-alone episodes telling suspenseful tales exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia, reflecting our 21st Century anxieties. The series has been recognized with an international Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award, and been nominated for a Bafta award. Annabel Jones serves alongside Brooker as executive producer and showrunner.
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David Oyelowo was the headline speaker at the BFI Black Star Symposium, where he was joined by British and international actors, filmmakers and thought-leaders to explore why opportunities for black actors to shine on screen in the US and the UK remain limited, and debated what more can be done to effect positive change.
In what was a passionate, eloquent and, at times, very emotional speech, David stated that we need people from diverse backgrounds in decision-making positions in order for the industry to move on from just talking about diversity to actually 'doing diversity'. There were three key factors which led him to this obvious conclusion:
Amma Asante's A Untied Kingdom was the opening film of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival. Starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, the film tells the true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker that he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, apartheid and empire – their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.
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Check out the trailer for Get Out, a thriller starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. Written and directed by Jordan Peele (one half of comedic duo Key & Peele), the film follows a young black man as he visits his white girlfriend's family estate, where he begins to uncover a sinister, racially charged conspiracy.