Category Archives: On the Web

Watch | The ‘Heels Off’ ladies are back for a second series

Heels Off is an online talk show hosted by five ladies: Rita Balogun, Amina Habeeb, Mercedes Benson, Oloni and Ashley Watt. Through their unique perspectives on life these five bold ladies are able to give their opinions and thoughts on a range of topics such as relationships, love, beauty, fashion, and much more.

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TV Pick | Reggie Yates explores mental health in Texan prison for new BBC Three doc

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Reposted from BBC Media Centre

In the first of two immersive documentaries for BBC Three, Reggie Yates enters Bexar County Jail in Texas to experience what it’s like to be an inmate in the American criminal justice system and understand how prisoners with mental health problems are treated behind bars.

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Watch | ‘Fear, money & racism: what’s our problem with diversity on screen?’ by Leah Green

Via The Guardian

The lack of diversity in film and television dominated the debate during awards season. But away from the Oscars, the UK picture is also bleak: the film Bafta acting nominees have been almost exclusively white for two years running. Leah Green looks beyond the headlines to see why diversity remains such a problem in the UK film and TV industries.

Watch | Kayode Ewumi & Tyrell Williams’ ‘Hood Documentary’ makes its BBC Three debut

Following the online success of Hood Docurmentary created by Kayode Ewumi and Tyrell Williams, BBC Three has released the first of six newly commissioned episodes that follow 'triple threat' Reece aka R.S aka Roll Safe in his 'Hood' as he lives his life as a 'young and upcoming creative'.

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Watch | Shelter – a short film written & directed by Reggie Yates

Everyone has a story to tell. Shelter is a short film that exists within the realm of the uncomfortable judgements we all make based on our own journey.

The film follows main characters Wendie (Jessica Hynes) and Ash (Tosin Cole), opening up the conversation of perception based on appearance alone, between two very different people with polar opposite stories. Who really needs help here? Why is Wendie so threatened by Ash when they first meet? What did Ash do to earn his jail time and tag and, more importantly, why? What is their conversation and who do they become because of it?

Shelter was both written and directed by Reggie Yates and acts as an introduction to two characters that are explored in far more depth in the feature screenplay of the same name.

Presented by BBC Films and produced by Hillbilly Films. To find out more, visit www.sheltertheshortfilm.com.

Watch | Murdered by My Father – now available on BBC Three

Every parent wants the best for their kids, and Shahzad is no exception. Ever since his wife died he’s been trying to keep his two kids Salma and Hassan on track. Salma is growing up quickly, and Shahzad wants to make sure she’s set up with the right guy to settle down with. It’s a promise he made his wife, and part of what he considers his duty as a dad. But what does Salma want? Unbeknown to Shahzad, she’s caught up in a whirlwind romance with charismatic charmer Imi. Salma knows Imi is not what her dad is expecting, but can she find a way to make everyone happy? A hard-hitting drama with a devastating finale, Murdered by My Father is a story about the power and the limits of love in communities where ‘honour’ means everything.

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Watch | ‘I Still Do’ – a dramatic short film by Uche Aguh [Trailer]

Now, we cannot wait for this!

Written, directed and produced by Uche Aguh, I Still Do serves as his directorial debut. The dramatic short film stars Chinwe A Nwokolo and Aguh in lead roles.

Set in Lagos, Nigeria, the short film follows a young Nigerian politician named Emeka (Aguh) and his wife, Chioma (Nwokolo), in the midst of a political election. Chioma is in her mid thirties, a beautiful woman. Everything about her is pageant-like. But through the dark lens of her eyes, a much different story exists. Emeka, also in his mid thirties, a man full of charisma and charm, poised to be a governor. A miraculous feat, given his age and income. Their marriage in apparent crisis, the couple can no longer hold on to elegant pretense. In this particular style and theme, I still do is inspired by European French, art-house cinema. 

Aguh is joined behind the camera by cinematographer, Dennis Schmitz, who made use of small LED lights and modified natural lighting to achieve a picture that is both magnificient and terrifyingly beautiful. The film was shot in Düsseldorf, Germany. 

'Coming soon' couldn't come soon enough. The team have launched a crowdfunding campaign to complete the post production and take it on the festival circuit. To find out more, what perks they have in store for donators and to contribute to this worthy cause, click here

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Watch | ‘Black Vision’ – a BBC Raw film by Arran Shargall

Black Vision is a short film that focuses on stereotypes and challenges the audience to question their own preconceived perceptions.

The film was created by Arran Shargall, a researcher working at the BBC interested in raising awareness of themes centering on underrepresented or misrepresented. He says: 

"Being a British Asian I don’t see enough people I connect with or relate to on screen. When I see people that look like me, they are often either represented as a terrorist or a traditionalist wrapped in religion. I am neither of these two. I aim to create content that not only reflects diverse Britain, but also the issues, themes and pressures that young people face growing up in modern day Britain."

Raw is a BBC Pilot Project, an incubator for socially and racially diverse young people who want to develop into filmmakers for the BBC. Films are made by members of the BBC’s Creative Hubs which are made up of young people aged 18 to 28 who come from working class backgrounds. They film, direct and edit all their own content using their own smartphones, equipment and online edit software. The content of their films is based on their own ideas, stories and issues from their life experience – these are subjects that matter to them. 

The BBC provides a platform to show Hub members films plus support and encouragement to the young people to help them grow as film makers. If you want to know more about getting involved in the BBC’s Creative Hubs or making films for Raw contact rawfilms@bbc.co.uk.