Trailer| Cucumber, Banana, Tofu on Channel 4, E4 & 4oD

Check out the trailer for Cucumber, an original drama series from Russell T Davies exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life. It's part of a trio of interconnecting programmes with Banana and Tofu making up the mix. Banana is a series of witty interlinked stories covering different aspects of LGBT life while in Tofu, Benjamin Cook explores modern sex in all its variety in an exclusive 4oD series. See below for the trailer for Banana and click here for more info on all three. 

Starts 22nd January. 

Event| British Urban Film Festival to host screening of ‘Selma’

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Date: Thursday 22nd January 

Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm 

Address: 93-95 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ

The British Urban Film Festival has announced that the race relations activist and former Equalities advisor to the Mayor of London Lee Jasper will host the BUFF preview screening of the civil rights drama ‘Selma’ on Thursday 22nd January at the Genesis Cinema in London’s East End. Joining Lee for the post-screening Q&A will be Larushka Ivan-Zadeh (Metro), Emerson Forde (film critic) & Akua Gyamfi (editor, The British Blacklist.com). 

Selma is the first studio film which centres on the Selma to Montgomery marches led by Martin Luther King at the height of the civil rights unrest in America 50 years ago.

The film stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Common, Oprah Winfrey & Tim Roth. The movie has already received 4 Golden Globe nominations (David Oyelowo for best actor, Ava Duvernay for best director, Common & John Legend for best song and Selma for best film). The film will be released in the UK from 6th February 2015 by Pathe UK.

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe, director and founder of the British Urban Film Festival commented, “We are thrilled to begin our 10th year of urban film coverage with such a landmark film. It is an honour to be working with Lee Jasper and with institutions like Pathe, Kush Films and the Genesis Cinema to make this event possible”.

For more information about free tickets, click here

Selma is released in the UK on 6 February. 

 

News| Buzzfeed: The Rise of the Black British Actor in America

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With the recent release of Golden Globe nominated film 'Selma' which stars Brit David Oyelowo, Buzzfeed has written a piece on the rise of the black British actor in Tinsletown. Thandie Newton, Idris Elba, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Chiwetel Ejiofer have also been popular picks across the shores so with the suggested lack of opportunities for black actors in the UK, is this new black Brit actor renaissance the way forward for the UK's home grown talent? Whatever your opinion, click here to read the full article. 

 

Lenny Henry, Shonda Rhimes & Richard Ayoade named in the MediaGuardian 100 2014

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The MediaGuardian 100 is an annual guide to the most powerful people in digital media, television, radio, newspapers, magazines, media business, advertising, marketing and PR. While Larry Page, Chief Executive of Google topped the list for the second year running, other features included Lenny Henry (who has spent the year championing diversity), uber successful showrunner and the BAFTA award-winning Richard Ayoade. For an interactive list of the full 100, click here.  

Watch| A Day in the Life of Daddy – new web series from BWNG TV

Check out episode 1 of A Day in the Life of Daddy, the new series from the creators of web-to-TV hit Brothers With No Game. The series follows the life of Kwame – a single male Londoner, as he attempts to improve his relationship with his 6 year-old daughter, following the emergence of another man in the her mother’s life.



In episode 1, before jetting off to Thailand with her new boyfriend Lee, Makaila drops off Tiffany to her father Kwame. Kwame, irresponsibly unaware of Tiffany's early arrival after hosting a house party last night, does his best to put on a sober face. It doesn't last very long when Makaila reveals to Kwame that Lee wants her and Tiffany to move in with him.

 

Watch: ‘Status London’ – A New Web Reality Show

Welcome to a Status London, a brand new reality based series. Filmed in London, the exciting show follows the lives of 8 entrepreneurs from the UK's Black entertainment scene; each with their own ideal of success and 'living the dream', but all with one common goal: to make it happen. 

In episode 1, Play plans his next venture while Siobhan is unsure about attending an event.