talks & debates

The Black Film Renaissance

Part of Africa Utopia

Consider the power of black perspectives at our panel discussion with screenwriter Noel Clarke, actor Nathalie Emmanuel and film-maker Simon Frederick.

From Spike Lee’s 1986 breakthrough She’s Gotta Have It, to 2015’s #OscarsSoWhite scandal and the phenomenon of Black Panther in 2018 – how has the film industry celebrated and denied diversity?

Is being seen enough to count as representation?

BAFTA-winner Noel Clarke is best known for the script of Kidulthood, and writing directing and starring in the sequels Adulthood and Brotherhood.

Now a Hollywood heavyweight in Star Trek: Into Darkness, Clarke prides himself on foregrounding new talent through production company Unstoppable Entertainment.

Missandei, Game of Thrones; Ramsey, The Fast and The Furious – Nathalie Emmanuel has been part of some of the best-loved franchises of our time. It is safe to say this talent has come a long way since Hollyoaks.

British artist and film-maker Simon Frederick is known for his incisive and arresting work. He conceived, produced and directed the award winning series Black Is The New Black for BBC2.

The portraits he shot during filming went on to become the largest acquisition of African-Caribbean sitters by the National Portrait Gallery.

This event is presented in association with Indaba X.

Dates & times

15 Sep 2019
Approximate run time: 60 mins
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    • Sun 15 September 2019


Royal Festival Hall


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For ages 14+

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Sport: The Power and Price of Protest
Fashion: The Battle Continues
History: Memory and Consciousness
Beauty: It’s a Shady Business
The Black Film Renaissance
The Music that Made Us
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