Category Archives: Film

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Rapper and actor Kema Sikazwe on I, Daniel Blake and new musical Shine

Newcastle rapper Kema (Kay) Sikazwe broke into the film industry when Ken Loach cast him in the Palme d’Or winning film I, Daniel Blake. Keema is now making his stage debut with his autobiographical new musical Shine  Your big break was as China in I, Daniel Blake. How did director Ken Loach find out about […]

A fertile concept: Fertility Fest 2019 highlights

The world’s first arts festival dedicated to fertility, infertility, reproductive science and modern families will arrive at the Barbican Centre from 23 April  this year. Now in its third year, this event running until 18 May is the only festival shining a light on the struggles and hardship of trying to conceive and doing it […]

The winners of the 2019 Visionary Honours Awards

Awards founder Adrian Grant with Mandla Mandela, Professor Green, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the UK cast of Hamilton and Kevin Hines

A glittering night was enjoyed by all at the inaugural Visionary Honours 2019, held at BAFTA, London, on 8 February, presented by award-winning comedian and actor Lenny Henry. The celebrities appearing on the night included Malorie Blackman, author of the world-famous Noughts and Crosses novels, the multi-talented Strictly Come Dancing star, Death in Paradise and Red […]

Will Meghan Markle help create more diversity in the arts?

Percy, Blessing, Sharon, Emily Lim and the Pericles Company with the Duchess of Sussex at the National Theatre (Photo credit: Emilie Bailey)

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, yesterday made her first official visit to the National Theatre after being announced as Patron. The post was previously held by the Queen, a role held by her for nearly 50 years. The Duchess has often stated that she is a strong believer in using the arts to bring […]

Where are the women at the old white men’s Oscar’s club?

In recent years, the whiteness and maleness of the Academy Awards have finally begun to raise questions about fairness and equality in the Hollywood film industry. In 2015, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite dominated. In 2016, the former Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, vowed to double the number of women and […]

While women are becoming more visible in film and TV we still have a long road ahead to reach equality

Kiera Knightley stars in Colette, a film with a feminist narrative, but the film has more men than women both on screen and behind the scenes.

High-calibre biopics about talented women succeeding despite living in the shadow of their male counterparts seem to be everywhere right now. Could this be a reflection of how Hollywood actresses have felt for so long – playing second fiddle to the men? The Wife, starring Golden Globe-winning Glenn Close, is about a woman who’s written […]

NOMINATIONS: Film of the year

Crazy Rich Asians

Black Panther Marvel’s box office smash Black Panther represents a landmark moment for black culture. With a majority of black talent both in front of and behind the camera, it celebrates traditional African culture and aesthetic beauty alongside African-American politics in a lush imaginary landscape typical of the Marvel franchise. The Greatest Showman Focusing on […]

How is the new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film getting young people interested in digital jobs?

Miles Morales, like many young people preparing to leap into the next stage of their lives, is struggling to find out who he is and what he is meant to be

Stepping into the boots of a beloved superhero on the big screen can be a precarious business, (just ask Ben Affleck). But what makes the most recent addition to the genre different, is that Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse aspires to a greater purpose than entertainment alone. The animated film takes a distinctly fresh approach to […]

New report showcases arts and cultural sector’s impact in fighting climate change

A report released by Arts Council England has shown that arts and cultural organisations are acting on and surpassing national and international climate targets. Environmental arts group Julie’s Bicycle, which produced the report, has been working in partnership with Arts Council England since 2012 to inspire environmental action across the arts and culture sector. Alison […]

Captain Marvel: First trailer for female-led superhero movie launched

The first trailer for Captain Marvel has been launched on the internet. Starring Brie Larson , Captain Marvel is the first female superhero movie from the Marvel conveyor belt: it features ex-pilot Carol Danvers who gains superpowers after an accident and joins an intergalactic team called Starforce. Captain Marvel is directed by Anna Boden and […]