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Can the

industry Just…

…make a pledge to employ people who know how to style and care for black women’s hair on set? It’s getting embarassing now for the industry.  Verona Rose (via her podcast See You Next Lifetime) Shalita Grant (NCIS) and most lately the icon that is Viola Davis explains how she has to employ her own stylists for work to tend to her 4c curls.

Industry, if you don’t know where to contact said stylistst…holla.

Broadcast Hosts Commissioners Event

Industry magazine Broadcast, will host an online event on Wednesday 29th July, 2.30pm (like, what else is there right now?) that discusses the lives of black commissioning editors. It includes Lara Akeju from the BBC and UKTV’s Natalie Rose. You’ll need to register with Broadcast to access the event – which you can do for free.  

Ethosheia Hylton Joins ITV Commissioned Work Cohort

Bouncing off the Black Lives Matter momentum, ITV’s Polly Hill (Head of Drama) commissions UK black director stories for a series of films. The productions come via Greenacre Films and includes Ethosheia Hylton (Lia/Brixton Rock Short Film). We screened her film Brixton Rock Short Film (an adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s Brixton Rock novel) in our debut Festival in 2017. Polly Hill says the commission comes as a result of ITV’s “…commitment to nurture black voices and ensure that they have a platform…” Hmmm…but we’ve been…nevermind.

We’ll let you know about the news of the dates of the ITV airing.


We like that Nia


…is getting the work, but have you seen her current role aired on Netflix in Fatal Affair?









We see you Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, Vanity Fair et. al.

Creative Producer Indaba 

Developed by Realness Institute, Sundance Institute, International Film Festival Rotterdam and EAVE, the Creative Producer Indaba programme will provide a training programme that includes mentorship for African producers. (Screen Daily)

Snowpiercer: Driving A Train To Tired Tropes

Developed from the film starring the delectable Chris Evans and award-winning actress Octavia Spencer, Netfilx airs the series Snowpiercer. We had high hopes for this, but it does disappoint in areas to include racial representation (not to mention not enough sci-fi). Why do dreads on black men on telly and film often look, well not real (see our comments above about hair)? And why-oh-why is women with 4c hair always associated with, erm…’struggle’? There are other painful representations, but that’s for a whole blog post.

Miranda Edwards as ‘Lights’ 

Daveed Diggs as ‘Andre Layton’

Yeah we know that…

…the reviews for Clemency starring Alfre Woodard are great (ours coming soon). But we just want a lil more Juanita (with lashings of Blair Underwood). Pretty please Mandalay Pictures?

Gina, Gina, Gina

Are you on the road to directing a major superhero film with a woman as the lead?In the words of Star Trek’s ‘Captain Jean-Luc Picard’, “make it so”.

Representation Matters

Black women’s images have been in the forefront of a number of high-profile publications since the Black Lives Matters movement of protest. There has been much outrage since the killing of George Floyd. Yet the ‘face’ of the protest and outrage is that of the image of black women in ‘sistah soldier warrior’ mode. 


We’re not saying that black women cannot sit in ‘warrior’ spaces, but when that image is repeated again and again, it becomes a problem that can have real life consequences. Part of the reason why this platform was created was to push hard against stereotypcal images of black women, if only becasue other races of women have better samples of their whole personas. We equally want to see the entirety of black women as human beings, not just as ‘faces’ of ‘struggle’, especially when they’re repeatedly the images of the dark-skinned, 4c hair-typed woman (insert roll eyes emoji).

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Our 2020 Festival returns online. We’ll be interviewing industry professionals through Zoom calls. Watch out for the updates on our social media.