Half The Picture: 0.006% of Hollywood Directors From BAME Backgrounds

“When you see the same kinds of stories over and over from the same perspective, it’s not representative of people living in society; women’s voices are certainly marginalised and women of colour are basically erased.” – Amy Adrion Half The Picture (2018), directed by Amy Adrion, comes at a pivotal moment for gender equality in Hollywood. Successful women directors tell the stories of their art, lives and careers in a film that doesn’t pull any punches about what the realities are for women in the industry, specifically in Hollywood. Nevertheless, it still manages to offer an inspiring sense of fight and hope and the first glimpse of a future that values women directors’ voices equally to those of men. Amy Adrion’s documentary feature began life being funded solely on credit cards, similar to many of us starting our projects, and gathered momentum as more interviews were conducted and finances were…

Storytelling

“Three Billboards Outside Missouri Ebbing” led to inspiring speeches by Frances McDormand as she and Sam Rockwell swept up Golden Globes, BAFTA’s, Oscar’s and gathered an army of…

The Making of Black Panther

Black Panther was the first black superhero in mainstream American comics when he debuted in the 1966 issue of The Fantastic Four and is the alter ego of T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, a mythical and technologically advanced African country. Today the Black Panther movie has had a four-day opening weekend of $200 million one of the best ever for Marvel, the movie industry (e.g. film director) predicted that it would comfortably reach the $900m mark after a worldwide release, more than 50 years after he first appeared. Originally a film version of the comic starring Wesley Snipes was scheduled as early as 1992, however, despite several attempts, a script never came to fruition, with further attempts to get the production of the ground never materialising. The comic was so popular amongst the young black population that it would really only be a matter of time before the film would…