Amma Asante's A Untied Kingdom was the opening film of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival. Starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, the film tells the true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker that he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, apartheid and empire – their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.
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Check out the trailer for Get Out, a thriller starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. Written and directed by Jordan Peele (one half of comedic duo Key & Peele), the film follows a young black man as he visits his white girlfriend's family estate, where he begins to uncover a sinister, racially charged conspiracy.
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Now in its 13th edition, the annual showcase highlights up-and-coming actors, writers, directors and producers who will be making waves in the years to come.
The list of past Stars of Tomorrow includes Oscar-winning The Theory Of Everything actor Eddie Redmayne (2005), Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch (2004), Twilight actor Robert Pattinson (2005), Selma actor David Oyelowo (2005), Hacksaw Ridge star Andrew Garfield (2007), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Felicity Jones (2007), Slow West director John Maclean (2011) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega (2011).
Film history was made Friday 30th September 2016 as Oxford Gardens, the much anticipated boxing themed drama from Obi Emelonye, officially premiered and became the first Nollywood movie to screen at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA).
Following on from the successful MOBO Awards Nominations which saw Kano and Laura Mvula reign supreme, MOBO Founder and CEO Kanya King MBE together with acclaimed playwright and artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah launched the MOBO Season this week at London’s British Film Institute (BFI).
Now in its 21st year, MOBO continues to motivate, elevate and celebrate excellence, through a series of agenda-setting cultural events, a social action campaign and pivotal partnerships leading up to and beyond the MOBO Awards which, this year, will take place on Friday 4th November 2016 at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.
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Viola Davis will star in Steve McQueen’s upcoming heist thriller Widows for New Regency. Gone Girl screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn is on board to pen the script with McQueen.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw will appear alongside Keanu Reeves, Renée Zellweger and Jim Belushi in crime thriller The Whole Truth.
TriForce Productions has announced that they are working on their first TV broadcast commission, bringing a brand new look to the comedy panel show format with ‘Sorry, I Didn’t Know…'
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The BBC will be commissioning 8 writers to write an original series or serial script for BBC One, BBC Two or BBC Three Online.
To apply you must have at least one production credit (a drama, at least 30 mins in duration) to your name. You can have written for theatre, television, radio or film but must not already be in development (beyond treatment stage) with BBC Television Drama. This is not a scheme for new, untested writers or those with significant original television drama credits. It is an opportunity for writers with striking and unusual stories to tell, to take part in a bespoke scheme with input from top television writers and BBC editorial and production staff, as well as a dedicated Script Editor and Exec Producer. The Scheme will last for a year.