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Viola Davis for an Oscar?

Viola Davis is a powerhouse in 2020’s, George C. wolfe directed Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. A Netflix original, the adapted production also stars Chadwick Boseman in his last peformance. 

What do you think? Will Viola get an Oscar nod?

(image credit: Netflix)

Small Axe Series by

Steve McQueen

Director Steve McQueen’s ability to bring his Small Axe series of films to the BBC screen is no small feat.

The series title can take some credit from legendary reggae artist Bob Marley’s song of the same name. The song’s lyrics tells those in power that it doesn’t matter how big they get little by little, using a small axe and chipping away at iniquity, they can be cut down.

The Small Axe series contains Mangrove, Lovers Rock, Red, White and Blue and Alex Wheatle. They are like little love letters to the first generation of Windrush settlers who, upon finding that they were having a hard time being accepted as British by the establishment and the white population as a whole, found ways to push back at the Mother Country’s inequality in employment, education, the judiciary and housing, to name a few.

It was a time where those children carved out their own sense of style, fashion, music, art and filmmaking. The Lovers Rock genre for example was created in the UK by Windrush children. How special is that?!

A film series reflecting the life of that generation has been a long time coming…on mainstream platforms anyway. Here’s hoping that it sparks more productions – big and not so big, that celebrate a galvanising period in British history.

Small Axe now available on BBC iplayer

Malcolm & Marie Trying Hard With Age

So, the trailer for the film Malcolm & Marie has just dropped.
Film director ‘Malcolm’, (John David Wahsington, fresh from sci-fi flick, Tenet) comes home with his girlfriend ‘Marie’ (Zendaya, fresh from her Emmys win for Euphoria), after attending a film premier.
They’re waiting for the critical response to ‘Malcolm’s’ film. Though as they wait, the remnants of their relationship is revealed.
Central to this black and white Netfilx original is romance, love and relationships.
Fine as John is though and as gorgeous as Zendaya is, what do you make of the casting choices?
Washington’s (online) birth year is 1984, whilst Zendaya is 1996 – and it shows, even with Zendaya’s hair and make-up trying hard to push her age up 😆

(image credit: Netflix)

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