Category Archives: Film

Discussion/articles related to Film production, movie news and industry talent.

Tommy Jessop breaking down barriers for actors with Down’s syndrome

Actor, Tommy Jessop, has been announced as the latest ambassador for Mencap, a UK based charity for people with a learning disability. Jessop, aged 36, hit the headlines last year playing Terry Boyle in the hit TV show Line of Duty. Tommy plans to use his new position as Mencap ambassador to get rid of the common […]

Sidney Poitier: The actor who broke down Hollywood’s racial barriers

Sidney Poitier, who has died aged 94, once turned down the role of Othello because he did not want to be typecast as a black actor. It underlined the dilemma faced by a man who broke down many of Hollywood’s racial barriers. As the first black winner of the Academy Awards’ best actor statuette, he […]

“The world needs more blockbuster movies on climate change”, Roland Emmerich

Legendary movie director Roland Emmerich has said the world needs more blockbuster movies on climate change to wake people up to the issues we are facing.   The filmmaker, behind films including Independence Day, 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow, said that film studios need to stop commissioning superhero films which end with the world […]

Netflix release ‘Don’t Look Up, the star-studded climate change comedy

Don’t Look Up is a dark satire about a comet heading for Earth, which is used as metaphor for the real threat that climate change poses. It’s all-star cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Tyler Perry and Meryl Streep, amongst others. Director Adam McKay has in the past addressed political and societal issues he feels […]

Actress Aria Brooks talks mental health and using her platform for social justice

Aria Brooks

Actress and singer/songwriter Aria Brooks, 15, played ‘Anger’ in the film Harriet, has starred in popular Nickelodeon series All That and will soon feature in highly-anticipated Disney+ movie Better Nate Than Ever next year, however her skills don’t end with acting, she is also a singer/songwriter and recently released her EP Castles, where she touched […]

Lashana Lynch on making history as the first Black female 007

Lashana Lynch has spoken about being the first black female 007 in the Bond franchise, saying it will “push the needle forward” in terms of representation. Lynch, from West London, plays the mysterious Nomi in No Time to Die, which is Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond. Speaking about her role in the film, […]

University students tackle mental health and schizophrenia in documentary


A group film and TV production students from the University of Hertfordshire are wrapping up a documentary about schizophrenia. Their final film, Pictures Inside My Mind, is a documentary following a Portuguese man who has recently started using film to manage his delusions. The students, who are in their final year, wanted to shatter misconceptions […]

Tom Holland as Spider-Man: I have responsibility to be role model

Tom Holland stars in the latest Marvel release, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’. It’s his third outing as the friendly neighbourhood masked hero. In an interview with the BBC, Holland said, “Having this job is more than just having a job, there are kids looking at Spider-Man. I have responsibility to be a role model.” At […]

Michael Sheen turns himself into a ‘not-for-profit’ actor

Actor and activist Michael Sheen has pledged to give the majority of his future acting earnings to fund future projects and charities and to promote social causes. He said: “I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor.” “I’m at a stage of my life and career where I have a window of […]

Casting Latinx talent in ‘West Side Story’ was a mandate

West Side Story

Steven Spielberg insisted on casting actors from the Latin American community for relevant roles in his new film adaptation of the musical West Side Story. The original 1961 film was criticised for having members of the Puerto Rican gang the Sharks portrayed by white actors. Spielberg said he was striving for more authentic representations, “First […]