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The Last Tree

“The Last Tree” is a period piece set in 1990’s London and follows young Femi’s journey, settling back in with his birth mother after a having lived with a foster care family in Lancashire.  Femi goes from being sidelined as the only black child in his white classroom in Lancashire to experiencing a new angle of racism where he is now being sidelined as the darkest child in his black classroom in London, all of which sums up the multiple layers and dimensions that contirbute to  race, identity and home in today’s world. His life is switched from living a pretty idyllic childhood in Lancashire with a loving and caring foster mother and family coming to live with his birth mother, played by Gbemisola Ikumelo, who is about tough love and survival. They are  constant at loggerheads with each other whilst also having to share a claustrophobic high rise flat in London…

Late Night Magic

Mindy Kaling and Dame Emma Thompson dish up pure comic gold while re-imagining the male-dominated world of the chat show.  “Late Night”  is warm, witty and funny and on no account do you need to be a champion for diversity or equality in the workplace to appreciate the film. Emma Thompson as Katherine Newbury is an acerbic, detached talk-show host who is facing declining rating’s, she is out of touch with the real world and is shortly will to be replaced. Katherine has her all-male team of writers with whom she has little patience or even knowledge of their names, quickly assigning them numbers 1-10 instead, she enters her writer’s room realising that she is need of fresh talent, a woman if possible. In come’s Molly Patel, played by Mindy Kaling, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed determined to make an impact and leave her mind-numbing factory job somewhere outside of Manhattan behind her. Emma and Mindy have great…

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…