Time for a little catch up! Watch episodes 4 and 5 of music based drama Steffi below. In ep 4 Steffi gives it her all at the casting in the TV Studios and is spotted by publicit Quentin James, but are his motives 100% pure. In ep 5, while Steffi chases her dream, Pete parties hard at the squat and Lara moves in for the kill.
To watch ep 1 and 2, click here.
To watch ep 3, click here.
Congrats to Ugandan-born British actor Arnold Oceng who has landed one of the lead roles in The Good Lie opposite Oscar winning actress Reese Witherspoon. The upcoming feature film is based on the real life story of four 'Lost Boys' from Sudan who were orphaned. Oceng reportedly plays one of the young men. Mamere, who eventually wins the lottery to be relocated to America while Witherspoon plays a brash, American woman assigned to help him. Filming will take place in Atlanta and South Africa.
Oceng has built up his acting credentials with roles in The Knot, Top Boy, Adulthood, 4,3,2,1 and My Brother The Devil. This looks like a huge breakout role for the young actor so wishing him all the best!
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.
Over the last week, broadcasters have announced new online strategies that challenge the traditional way in which new series and content are launched and consumed by their viewers. Car Share, a new six part comedy starring Peter Kay will be shown in full on iPlayer before airing on BBC1. This is part of the Beebs 12 month trial to launch up to 40 hours of programming on iPlayer. In addition to this, new ITV2 sitcom Plebs is ITV's first original commission to premiere online ahead of its linear broadcast. People have the opportunity to buy and view the series online for 99p. Now, the advantage of these strategies is that they appeal to audiences who enjoy consuming content in their own time and in bulk instead of waiting for instalments. Another advantage from the broadcaster's point of view is that they are able generate buzz ahead of the linear TX; the content will be typically seen by the online and social media savvy, who are likely to spread the word about the content. It also allows the broadcasters to gauge the general response which might have an impact on their strategy for the programme going forward.
Check out episode 3 of new music-based drama 'Steffi'. In this instalment Steffi auditions for a dream role…but will she blow it? To watch eps 1 and 2, click here.
Date: Thursday 21st March
Venue: Rich Mix Cinema, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Price: £7 (£5 concessions)
Now regular readers will know that SceneTV is about challenging perceptions and showcasing stories and perspectives that you don't always see in the mainstream. It's not every day that you will see content about UK gangs on the site but One Mile Away definitely needs a shout out as it's about peace and bringing an end to the terror on UK streets. See below for more information:
Penny Woolcock's compelling documentary uses footage shot during the summer riots, interviews and hip-hop performances to weave together the fascinating story of two opposing gang members' struggles to call a truce.
Following on from her hip-hop musical, One Day, Woolcock revisits protagonist, Dylan Duffus, as his real life self. Dylan and Shabba, members of rival Birmingham gangs, are catalysed by the filmmaker's presence to attempt, against the odds, to change gang culture from the inside out.
Set in inner city Birmingham where post-code rivalry is rife and gun crime is an everyday occurrence One Mile Away tells the human side of gang violence.
A riveting portrait of the complex, contentious reality of the streets, and the courage it takes to make a difference, it could well be this year's most important British film. - Time Out
With support from BRITDOC, and funded by Channel 4 and Creative England, One Mile Away shows how film and the determination of ordinary people can transform entrenched social problems, whilst also being a compelling, ground-breaking watch. A screening of One Mile Away and Q&A with Penny is taking place this Thursday at Rich Mix Cinema.
To book your tickets, click here.
In the build-up to September’s annual showpiece, BUFF Enterprises has announced its’ biggest line-up of film programming in 8 years with the launch of its’ inaugural BUFF Spring Season in conjunction with Genesis, East London’s biggest independently-run cinema . The new season marks the 1st time that audiences will be able to attend box office screenings organised by the British Urban Film Festival which, since 2005, has made all of its’ screenings available – free without charge. The headline movie, on Thursday 2 May, sees the 1st UK showing of ‘It’s a Lot ’, a comedy written, directed by and starring Femi Oyeniran who first came to prominence in ‘Kidulthood’, ‘Adulthood’ and ‘Anuvahood’. All 5 box-office events (from 4 April – 30 May) will be presented by entertainment journalist Akosua Annobil.
The season officially starts on Good Friday with the launch of ‘Film Friday’, in conjunction with the online webcaster Grime Daily. Actor and director Aml Ameen will present 6 weekly film offerings (including the award-winning short ‘Physical Education’ by Rohan Green) which viewers can watch online.
BUFF Spring Season also marks the return of ‘BUFF Presents…’ on 6 April in conjunction with Community Channel. Viewers will be able to watch a weekend of new film programming from the BUFF archive on Sky Digital, Virgin Media and the BBC i-player (the latter, for up to 7 days after broadcast).
The content on the web just keeps on coming. Check out the latest addition 'Steffi', a new music based drama series exclusive to YouTube channel ThisIsDrama.
Steffi is the story of a talented girl from a South London council estate, who’s plucked from obscurity and propelled into the world of overnight fame and stardom. It features some fresh UK talent with Jasmine Breinburg taking the lead role. You'll also recognise some familiar faces in SBTV's Jamal Edwards, Sugababe Jade Ewen and established actors Lee Boardman and Michael Nardone.
The series, based on the bestselling novel The Overnight Fame of Steffi McBride by Andrew Croft also includes an original UK urban music soundtrack from Wiley, MIC Righteous (No1 in iTunes HipHop Charts), Ceezlin, Arjun Coomaraswamy and a title track from Becky Hill (The Voice).
The series pilot will be released as 6 x 5’ bite-sized episodes in a weekly schedule premiering exclusively via YouTube on ThisIsDrama in partnership with SBTV. ThisIsDrama is a unique partnership between leading independent production company, Emerald Films and top digital service agency Equator. Click under the link to watch Episodes 1 and 2.
Date: 11th March
Location: Genesis Cinema, Mile End Road
URBAN SCREEN will be holding a special advance screening of Eran Creevy’s 2nd Feature & Executive Produced by Ridley Scott 'WELCOME TO THE PUNCH' at Genesis Cinema, Mile End Road, on Monday 11th March at 6.30pm.
The film has an all-star cast comprising of James McEvoy, Andrea Riseborough, Daniel Mays, Daniel Kaluuya, Mark Strong, Peter Mullan, & Johnny Harris. Eran Creevy will be taking a Q&A on the night following the film at 8.30pm.
'WELCOME TO THE PUNCH' is considered by many as the next big British action blockbuster following 'Skyfall'. The script is a well spun tale of cops, gangsters and political intrigue. But it is not a typical Brit gangster movie. It is so much more than that. The acting is top drawer with Andrea Riseborough as James McEvoy’s love interest. Couple that with the intriguing backstory provided by the veritable crop of gangs, cops and politicians – the likes of which are sublimely played out by James McEvoy, David Morrissey, Daniel Mays, Daniel Kaluuya, Mark Strong, Peter Mullan and last but by no means least Johnny Harris. The action is fast, furious, noisy and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The cinematography showcases London at its best – showing night time aerials, and tracking shots of the Thames and Canary Wharf. It reinforces London as an epic global film location.
Tickets are available to purchase from Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, London E1 4UJ
Tel : 0207 780 2000 or book online at www.genesiscinema.co.uk
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From a young age Kyla Frye always knew that she would one day become a star. Now, as a UK based actress with a wealth of work behind her, from BBC Three's "West 10 LDN" to award winning shorts, Kyla investigates what it takes to be successful within the entertainment industry. This short documentary ultimately aims to inspire and inform those striving to 'make it' in the UK entertainment industry. Featuring interviews with Jimmy Akingbola, Aml Ameen and Sheila Nortley, to name a few, Kyla looks back on her career to date and will take an honest look into what she believes it will take to 'make it' to the top. Take a look at the trailer above.
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