In the first season of the hit online drama created by Danielle Scott- Haughton (Wonderlondon Films), protagonist Mercedes lost her job, her best friend and her boyfriend all in one day and was forced to move home and work at her family’s Jamaican take-away, Cool Breeze. Three seasons on and Mercedes is in as much trouble as she always is and every episode begins the same- “Dear Jesus!”
Returning from New York after her dramatic departure at the end of season 3, Mercedes realizes that nothing is as she left it. The whole crew is back, along with some new faces, and together they learn the past always has a way of catching up with you no matter how far you run.
Watch the first episode of the series above and click here for more.
How Did We Get Here?, a collaboration between BWNG TV and Cardy Films, follows a complicated love affair between childhood sweethearts Dewale and Imani. Dewale, a talented musician, is in the honeymoon stage of a new relationship while Imani is in the corporate world and engaged. They stumble across each other 5 years after their relationship ended and very quickly discover their feelings have yet to subside.
Told in reverse order, the story explores the emotional and psychological effects of a lost love and the depths a person will go to experience true love again. In a unique scheduling move, all five episodes have been released at the same time on the BWNG TV channel. The drama stars Kamara Bacchus (Kerching, Special Delivery, Life Of Hers) as Imani, Stephan Boyce (For The Love Of The Game) as Dewale, Monique Sian Mundle (Murdered by My Boyfriend) as Dewale’s girlfriend Michelle and Michael Gyekye (A Beautiful Death) as Imani’s fiancé Damien.
London Calling and London Calling Plus are back! Building on over a decade of experience and numerous industry and festival awards, Film London's annual short film schemes will produce 20 films this year. Both initiatives offer far more than production funding; the schemes also deliver a comprehensive programme of training and expert mentoring, helping to nurture and champion the capital’s most exciting new and diverse breakthrough talent.
Shorts produced through last year's scheme include the BAFTA nominated Three Brothers, actor Riz Ahmed's Sundance–selected directorial debut Daytimer and LSFF and Aspen Shortsfest winning Two Dosas.
Interested in working behind the camera on TV projects such as Humans, Poldark, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Jekyll and Hyde, Mr Selfridge and This is England 90? The TCN have teamed up with Creative Skillset to support emerging talent from under-represented backgrounds getting into training placements in TV. Trainee Finder covers all areas behind the camera, from sound to the art department to lighting and hair and make-up.
Through the Trainee Finder programme production companies across the UK get the chance to hire the best trainees in the business. Trainee Finder is closed to general applications right now, but by coming through the TCN programme you can still apply.
Check out the trailer for Cuffs, a brand new BBC One drama taking you on an exhilarating ride through the challenges and pressures of front-line policing. In a bold scheduling move, Cuffs is BBC One’s first drama commission in the 8pm slot in eight years.
The cast is fronted by Ashley Walters (Top Boy, Small Island) Peter Sullivan (The Borgias, State Of Play), Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Mr Selfridge), Shaun Dooley (Exile, The Game), Paul Ready (Utopia, Ripper Street), Eleanor Matsuura (Utopia, Vexed) and Alex Carter (Hollyoaks, Emmerdale). Cuffs also introduces Jacob Ifan in his first leading television role.
I've always been a fan of TV and film – like many, my weekends were spent crossed legged in front of the square screen in the living room escaping to the wonderful worlds projected at my bright and eager eyes. I could recite all of The Little Mermaid word-for-world in a flash! From Disney I graduated to the CBBCs and CITVs (Art Attack, Byker Grove, Grange Hill and Children's Ward were firm favourites), but soon shows such as Sister Sister, Moesha and The Cosby Show took a tight hold. While it's fair to say British children's TV shows did include diverse cast memebers here and there, these U.S. exports were the first time I really saw myself looking back at me. Programmes that told stories about the fun youth and growing pains of young black girls whose experiences, despite the air miles, felt oh-so-close and connected to my own.
Amacoast Cinema, a new pop-up cinema brand is launching with an exclusive and immersive screening of the iconic film Love & Basketball on Friday 16th October.
For one night only, to celebrate the 15th year anniversary of the film, Amacoast Cinema in association with experiential events company We Are Parable will create a spectacular cinematic experience at the legendary York Hall venue (Bethnal Green) by projecting the film on a 19ft screen.
BBC Writersroom has kicked off Comedy Room 2015 – a development pool of 15 up-and-coming writers who have been selected from Writersroom open talent searches, alongside input from BBC Comedy (TV and radio).
The aim of the scheme is to encourage and develop the best in new comedy writing and to help these writers to build strong connections within BBC Comedy.The talented 15, will receive targeted training and development for six months, including workshops, masterclasses and networking events.
Anne Edyvean, Head of the BBC Writersroom, says: “The creation of Comedy Room is a way of answering the question, ‘How do we best support emerging writing talent in Comedy?’ We decided on regular, structured teaching; introductions to key people in BBC Comedy; workshops; and script support for a hand-picked group of writers, over a limited time-period, in conjunction with BBC Radio and TV Comedy.”
On 28th September, SceneTV attended the Creative Industries Federation Diversity Report launch in association with the MOBO Awards. In attendance was David Oyelow, Brit film, television and theatre actor and star of the civil-rights film 'Selma'. Watch the video above as he passionately talks about the lack of diversity in the U.K., his experience of having to go to the states for his career to progress and why he believes the industry needs diverse curators of culture in order for real change to take place.
After two decades of influencing generations of musical artists to aspire to greatness, MOBO has launched 'MOBO Season' – a season of ground-breaking cultural and educational events. In the lead up to the 2015 MOBO Awards and under the banner of ‘Rise With Us’, the MOBO Season aims to celebrate black culture as well as established and future talent from across the creative arts.
MOBO ‘Rise With Us’ Season is jam-packed with an incredible range of events all hand-picked by MOBO from across the creative industries of film, theatre, fashion and art. From a ‘Late at Tate’ event, to the homegrown critically acclaimed cast of ‘The Etienne Sisters’ at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, and the exploration of the golden era of sound systems at the exhibition ‘Rockers, Soulheads & Lovers: Sound Systems Back in Da Day’, at the new Art Exchange in Nottingham, MOBO has curated a programme of the highest quality.