BUFF Announce the First ever British Urban Film Festival Awards

The first ever British Urban Film Festival Awards (supported by Channel 4) will take place in London's West End on 17 September, to mark the start of its' annual film festival which this year celebrates 10 years of urban independent film coverage.
The ceremony, to be hosted by Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe & Metro film editor Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, will award prizes to filmmakers and scriptwriters whose films have been showcased by the British Urban Film Festival since its’ inception from July 2005 – January 2015.

2 honorary awards will also be handed out in addition to the 10 awards in categories including a people's choice award, live script reading (for 2015 only), best all-time film, best all-time documentary, best all-time short film, best all-time online short film, best all-time performance in a video, best all-time actor, best all-time actress,  and best all-time director.

The shortlisted nominees and awards will be voted for by a select panel of judges comprising of representatives from Channel 4 and by members of the British Urban Film Festival board.


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Trailer| Venus vs Mars Lands at Sky Living

​Follow dynamic single girl Venus in her catastrophic quest to find true love, in a warm and witty comedy drama from critically acclaimed playwright Baby Isako (Love is a Losing Game, Bag Ladies).

Developed from the successful and hugely popular web series of the same name, the 10-part comedy drama follows hapless romantic Venus, played by rising star Letitia Hector, as she hunts for Mr Right. Run-ins with the ex, old flames, new crushes and double dates mean there's never a dull moment in Venus's love life, while her friends also contend with man dramas and relationship woes.

Venus vs Mars starts on Sky Living on the 9th of April, Thursdays at 11pm, with two episodes screening each night.

Huge congratulations to the team  – we'll definitely be tuning in!


ITV1 This Morning – Makeover Casting Call


Do you lurk in the shadows of your glamorous sister? Does she steal the limelight with her stylish wardrobe and amazing figure? Do you want to be transformed for a special event? If this sounds like you fear no more. This Morning are here with their very own ‘Fairy Gok Mother’ ready to twirl his wand and give you the perfect makeover. Cinderella will go to the ball! If you want a makeover this Friday, get in touch by 1pm Wednesday 18th March 2015.

Email thismorning@itv.com, 18+, terms at itv.com

Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan & Marlon Smith announced as British Urban Film Festival script judges

Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith have been unveiled as script judges for the 2015 British Urban Film Festival's live script reading competition. The climax will take place once again at Channel 4 headquarters on Friday 2nd October. Daniel and Marlon will be presiding over this year’s competition entries (together with the writer & director Julius Amedume) from which 3 will be shortlisted for a Channel 4 BUFF award in addition to their script being performed.
Daniel and Marlon are two of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow 2014 and co-wrote the four part crime series Run. Following the highly acclaimed series the pair went on to win the RTS Award for Best Drama Writer and the BAFTA Television Craft Award for Breakthrough Talent.

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Idris Elba ‘Journey of Self-Exploration’ Doc to Premiere at London’s BFI in April

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Idris Elba's life, his relationship with his late father, and his preparation for playing Nelson Mandela in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," are all at the center of a new documentary the actor is producing via his Green Door Pictures production company.

The 60-minute film will be directed by BAFTA-winning director Daniel Vernon, and will follow the "Luther" star on a "journey of self-exploration," says the press release, from his time in South Africa to film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," the recording of the album based on his research for the role, and dealing with the death of his father. 

Nicholas Yearwood from Green Door Pictures said: "Green Door Pictures are delighted with the results of almost a year of filming. Daniel Vernon's film perfectly captures Idris's personal and professional challenges, whilst he tackled arguably the most iconic and important role of his career."

"Mandela, My Dad and Me" is premiering at London's BFI on April 7, with a limited theatrical release to follow in London. No word on a USA premiere yet, although I'm sure it'll travel, and may be picked up by a US cable TV network.

Alex Connock, managing director at co-financer Shine North, added: “What we love about this film is that it’s full on celebrity access – but without the sugar coating. It’s just real life; incredibly watchable, musical and moving.”

Zawe Ashton to Join New HBO Series from ‘Orange is the New Black’ Creator

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Brit Zawe Ashton has joined the cast of HBO's "The Devil You Know," a new pilot from "Orange is the New Black" creator Jenji Kohan. This marks Ashton's debut appearances on US television, alongside Damien Molony, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Ewen Bremner, Karen Gillan, Naian Gonzalez Norvind, Eddie Izzard, Ever Carradine, Hannah Nordberg and others.

"The Devil You Know" will look at the infamous Salem Witch Trials in 17th century New England, as neighbor was set against neighbor, leading a town to mass hysteria. 

Izzard plays farmer Thomas Putnam, the Puritan patriarch of the powerful Putnam family and a leader in agrarian Salem Village. Molony will play his eldest son, opposite Ever Carradine as Putnam's wife, while Rhind-Tutt portrays Minister Samuel Parris, a hard-line Puritan who isn't popular with his peers until the accusations begin flying. Hannah Nordberg will play his daughter, Betty, with Naian Gonzalez Norvind as his niece and Ashton as the Parris' slave brought from Barbados. 

Filming on the pilot is expected to begin this spring in Boston.

Assuming HBO picks "The Devil You Know" to series, it will mark Ashton's first USA TV series regular role, which should further introduce her to Stateside audiences.

Watch: Scene TV Talks to Idris Elba, Amma Asante & Sarah-Jane Crawford at the 2015 Screen Nation Awards

Ria Hebden (@Funkachick) caught up with a host of stars and winners at the 2015 Screen Nation Awards including Idris Elba, Amma Asante, Ade Adeptian, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sarah-Jane Crawford and Toyin Agbetu. Watch the video above to see what they think about diversity in television and film, give advice about succeeding in the industry and celebrate 10 years of the Screen Nation Awards. 

To see the full list of winners, click here.


Event| Screen Nation Awards – The Winners

Ria Hebden interviewing Idris Elba for SceneTV at the Screen Nation Awards 2015
The Screen Nation Film & Television Awards, which has come to be known as the ‘black Bafta’s’, took place on Sunday 15th February 2015 at the Hilton London Metropole hotel. Famed BBC London News Arts Correspondent Brenda Emmanus hosted the show alongside singer & actor Victor Romero Evans. The glitzy ceremony celebrated a decade of outstanding achievements on the British screen by many of the nation’s best loved film & TV stars. ABN TV (Sky235) will broadcast highlights of the ceremony at 11pm Saturday 28th February 2015.

A host of stars and top talent from TV, film, sports and media were present including: Idris Elba, Nathalie Emmanuel, Aml Ameen, Jamelia, Sarah Jane Crawford, Sean Cronin, Rebecca Scroggs, Patrick Robinson, Chizzy Akudolu, Petra Letang, Amma Asante, Mo Ali, Don Gilet, Laura Rollins, Lorna Laidlaw, Fiona Wade, Danny John Jules, Don Warrington, Amanda Foster, Daniel Lawrence, Taylor, Tobi Bakare, Shavani Seth, Charlene White, Junior Giscombe, Don-e, Loose Ends, Karen Bryson, Arnold Oceng, Sara Martin, Asif Zubairy, Michelle Matherson, Modupe Adeyeye, Denise Nurse, Jasmine Dotiwala, OT Fagbenle, Samuel Anderson, Fabrice Muamba and many more.

Founder & CEO of Screen Nation, Charles Thompson MBE said:
"How we think about ourselves is the most important thing. The statements tonight by David Oyelowo and Idris Elba show that they’re committed to bringing the message of British talent around the world. That’s why ten years ago David Oyelowo was nominated for emerging talent. When no one knew who Idris was we were nominating him for The Wire. We know excellence is possible and achievable. If we work with our colleagues around the world we will win for Britain. We’re not diversity quota anymore and never have been! We’re mainstream!!"
See below for the full list of winners and look out for SceneTV coverage on the night.

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WATCH| So He Says – Panel Show from Creators of Brothers With No Game

In celebration of Valentine’s Day and the month of love, BWNG TV (the creators of web-to-TV hit Brothers With No Game) host a panel show delving into the mind of the single male. In the five-part YouTube series, four British guys candidly discuss their honest (and controversial!) thoughts on dating, sex, women, relationships and marriage. 

Hosted by presenter Claire Clottey, the So He Says panel includes:
Aaron Roach Bridgeman – presenter and host 
Chris Enti – author and founder of website What He Really Thinks
Jimmy –  founder of Gee (Gentleman’s Encyclopedia of Excellence)
Reuben Christian – presenter, comic and co-creator of style site Individualism


Watch all five shows in the playlist above. 


Idris Elba Confirmed to Attend the Screen Nation Awards


Idris Elba is one of the guests confirmed to attend the Screen Nation Film & Television Awards tonight. Acknowledged by the industry as ‘the’ media event for diverse talent', Screen Nation marks 2015 as its 10th anniversary paying homage to the very best culturally diverse talent working in the UK and international film, broadcast and entertainment industries. 

Hosted by BBC London News Arts Correspondent Brenda Emmanus and actor singer Victor Romero-Evans guests include: 

Ade Adepitan, Amanda Foster, Arnold Oceng, Charlene White, Danny John Jules, Denise Nurse, DJ Abrantee, Don Gilet, Don Warringtion, Don-E, Dona Croll, Ellen Thomas, Fabrice Muamba, Helen Skelton, Idris Elba, JJC (Big Brovas), Karl Collins, Laura Rollins, Leee John, Letitia Wright, Loose Ends – Carl McIntosh, Lorna Laidlaw, Mckell David, Mista Silva, Modupe Adeyeye, Moelogo, Nathalie Emmanuel, Omar, Ot Fagbenle, Patrick Robinson, Petra Letang, Rebecca Scroggs, Samuel Anderson, Sara Martin, Sonali Shah, Tarah Welsh, Tobi Bakare, Victor Romero-Evans, Janet Kay and more to be confirmed.

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Good luck to all those nominated. For the list of nominees, click here