SceneProfiles| Travis Watson & ‘Sorry We Don’t Help Darkies’ – Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards Favourite Short Film Nominee0
As the exclusive online media partner for the Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards we will be featuring each of the nominees in the lead up to the awards ceremony on 17th December. The event, which is in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218) and sponsored by Google and Afrinolly, will celebrate the best online content produced by black British and international digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more. To grab one of the limited tickets to the event, click here.
We caught up with Travis Watson, the writer and director of Sorry We Don’t Help Darkies, which is up for the Favourite Short Film Award. With such an in-your-face-title, we were keen to know where the inspiration for creating this film came from.
“I was inspired by filmmakers such as Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese to tell real urban stories. I also made a documentary about my Grandparents who came to England from the Caribbean during the 1950’s. Their stories and their dignity and incredible resilience in the face of a very difficult situation, not only inspired this film but also inspired me in life.”
And that’s not the only place inspiration can originate. Travis makes a great point about taking guidance and notes from everything around you – in particular, they place you come from.
“I learn by watching people in my hometown of London, the beauty and simplicity in everyday interactions and the characters that you see as you travel around this great city. This is what teaches me and guides me in my filmmaking.”
So what’s next for Travis? Well people can look out for a feature film he is currently writing called 'Sounds of the Soul'. It is set in London and aims to explore the incredible and unique talent that black people have for creating music that enslaved Africans transported with them. It also looks at the temptations of fame and the greed of the music industry.
When asked why people should vote for his film, Travis said:
“I am trying to tell real stories about our beautiful black people, the side that is often ignored for the stereotypical caricatures, which have sadly portrayed us in the past. We have enormous creativity and I want to help inspire other black filmmakers to make films so that one day we can argue over whether there are more great black filmmakers or musicians. If you support me in this black film movement to tell our stories with honesty, I will be humbled and massively grateful.”
To vote for 'Sorry We Don't Help Darkies' to win the Favourite Short Film Award, click here.
To find out more about Travis and Sorry We Don’t Help Darkies see the links below:
We have some exciting news here at SceneTV. We are proud to be the online media partner for the inaugural SCREEN NATION DIGITAL-iS MEDIA AWARDS presented in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218) and sponsored by Google.
The awards are designed as a competitive excellence platform that will showcase the best work being published online made by black British and international digital media creatives working across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more.
The event highlights a new born media maker that can simply wake up, write, cast and fund a project online, record and edit with a mobile device, launch a YouTube channel to distribute their content, design a blog to publicise their work and find an audience via any one of a number of social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more. The new digital era continues to grow from strength to strength.
An improvised short film: A misunderstanding leads to sombre consequences as two flatmates recall very different turns of event from the previous night.
History has seen African nations Ghana and Nigeria clash due to Government implementation of extreme immigration laws that were set in bids to improve the economy. At the time these extreme measures put a strain on the relationship of the two countries. Fast forward to 2013…in this short documentary MyGhanaRoots & Narrow Path Films investigate whether these historical events have remained in the history books or if Ghanaians and Nigerians, even those who were born in the UK, continue to bear a grudge towards each other.
The Brothers are back with an episode that is guaranteed to make you cringe. Hash-tag-awkward!
Dorian and Shirene go on a date and bump into unexpected company, meanwhile Marcus finally gets a call from Sinitta and Junior encounters all of the important women in his life.
This episode if Brothers With No Game is sponsored by Nu People Magazine
To catch up on the series, visit www.youtube.com/brotherswithnogame
Recognise this face? Fans of cult hit The Wire will. We recently caught up with actor, producer and writer Andre Royo to discuss his role in the acclaimed film Calloused Hands (Woolfcub Productions). The film, tells the story of 12-year-old Josh, a mixed race boy growing up in Miami who lives under the oppressive weight of his abusive step-father. He manages to forge his own path in life when his estranged grandfather insists he study for his Bar Mitzvah. In this SceneProfiles, Andre talks about playing the character Byrd, the impact that his cultural identity has had on his career as well as life after The Wire.
Firstly, what attracted you to this role?
After working on a show like The Wire, the idea of playing the lead character in a movie was just the challenge I wanted.; especially when a director was putting his own true story of abuse and hardship on screen, trusting me to help tell his story. I thought Jesse was doing a courageous thing. The intense struggle of raising a kid, the highs and lows of wondering how to motivate and push a child to reach his or her potential, dealing with the pain of lost dreams and the struggles of substance abuse –it was the challenge of getting it right that first opened my eyes to the project.
There are many themes in Calloused Hands – from the nightmare of failed dreams through to culture and identity. How have these themes been relevant in your own life and career?
My whole life has been about chasing a dream with no safety net. All or nothing. And there were times where ‘nothing’ is all I saw. I was never totally outside myself to see how I handled my own failure at times. Plus being a mixed kid and raising my own daughter who is also mixed, I felt it was important to get a chance to act out some personal fears through the character of Byrd.
Reposted from Channel 4 press website
Every year, Britain’s 2.8 million Muslims take part in Ramadan. For one whole month from dawn to dusk, they forgo food, water, smoking and swearing – in an attempt to focus on what’s important, think about those who have less than them and better appreciate what they have. This year, Channel 4 will be there to capture these experiences and mark the month in a special Ramadan season.
During Ramadan, life has to carry on as normal – working in mentally and physically demanding environments and raising families. Channel 4 will follow and hear from a range of British Muslims throughout Ramadan, on how they cope with daily life and the physical and spiritual effects of fasting – as they go through it.
The season will include stand-alone commissions, daily series, and will mark early morning prayers, with interactive elements and online content available for Muslim and non-Muslim viewers keen to engage with and learn more about the Ramadan experience.
Short films will be broadcast every day using a mixture of self-shot video diaries and documentary, with a different contributor sharing their experiences – whether they are feeling calm, frustrated, or energised without food and drink, and whether their day involves breaking up street brawls, carrying out brain surgery or caring for their children. Each short film will aim to offer a fresh perspective on Ramadan and the lives of British Muslims.
Youngers is a brand new 8-part drama due to start on E4 on 20 March. Starring ex-Hollyoaks actor Calvin Demba and newcomer Ade Oyesofo, Youngers follows two friends as they complete their GCSEs and pursue a career in the music industry while 'the ends', girls and parents form challenging roadblocks.
The drama, which was filmed in Peckham, is written by Levi David Addai (My Murder), Georgia Lester (Skins) and Mark Catley (Casualty) and comes to E4 via Big Talk Productions. It features a host of new talent including YouTube stars Mandem on the Wall. Good news already – the series has been picked up for international distribution by BBC Worldwide.
Check out the trailer above and make sure you tune in.
The Network is a practical training scheme by the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival that gives new talent a taster of what it's really like to work in TV.
At The Network you will…
* Learn the key ingredients for getting your first TV job
* Discover just how many opportunities there are in TV
* Understand what people in TV do
* Learn practical skills, like how cameras work
* Meet and learn from fantastically talented TV types and some celebs too
* Get the opportunity to question TV execs who have the power to give you a job
See below for the steps:
For even more info and to apply, click here. The deadline for applications is 21 April 2013.
Jump Off TV and Talented & Young have partnered up to bring you an 8 Week Acting Course; Actors Lounge
A new 8 week acting class with a difference, Actors Lounge is a chance for actors to learn about different genres, character development, bringing scripts to life and much more. Actors Lounge will enable you to have master classes with top british actors, writers and casting directors. At the end of the 8 weeks you will have a chance to showcase your talent before an audience of key industry influencers.
Places are limited so all candidates must attend an audition on Saturday 6th October
Start date: Oct 2012 (every saturday for 7 consecutive weeks)
Class time: 1-3pm or 4-6pm (choice of 2 classes)
Week 8 will be a live performance/monologue in a theatre.
Your live performance will be videoed and uploaded to a YouTube channel of your choice.
Location: Jump Off TV Studios, Kings Cross
Fee £200+vat (payment is required upfront)
For more information, visit: jumpoff.tv/actorslounge/