Monday 29th May to Sunday 4th June, Various Locations
Block Universe, London’s international performance art festival, is now in its third year running. For one week, a truly cosmopolitan line-up of contemporary, multimedia art was presented across London’s diverse institutions and venues. The programme included five newly commissioned and site-specific performances, four UK premieres, exclusive artist talks, and workshops. Continue reading “Block Universe 2017 – Our Thoughts”
Emily Louizou is the Founder and Artistic Director for Collide Theatre. A group of young, emerging artists and creatives, their tag line is “to speak through bold texts and to produce work which challenges, inspires and excites both us and our audience”. Continue reading “Tejas Verdes: An Interview with Emily Louizou”
SAMBA GADJIGO / ‘SEMBENE’ INTERVIEW
With the BLACK STAR BFI festival underway and the appreciation of more diverse works, people have a chance to reflect on the past histories and legacies with brand new-screenings from the work of the ‘Father Of African Cinema’, Ousmane Sembene. John Higgins had a chance to discuss the film-maker in a recent telephone interview.
Continue reading “An interview with Professor Samba Gadjigo”
As somebody whose own awareness of African culture (and I suspect many other UK film fans of a certain generation) is limited to Euan Lloyd’s Boys Own adventure THE WILD GEESE (1978), it is fitting and timely that people are about to get a real sense of the real Africa through a wonderful new, perceptive and enlightening documentary. Continue reading “SEMBENE! Film Review”
Beth Orton takes a step outside the music arena in Esther May Campbell’s atmospheric and poetic analysis of family connection and dysfunction. Whilst at times the dream-like visuals can sometimes take the audience out of the focus upon what the underlying message of the film is – that Orton plays a mother, separated from her family, whose daughter, Rose (Zamira Fuller) who longs to see her. Continue reading “Light Years Review”
The BFI are launching a season of films to celebrate diversity in cinema.
The BLACK STAR event has been announced by the BFI as follows:
“Black Star explores the relationship between stars and the audiences who love them, spotlighting great performances by black actors on screen. Continue reading “A Celebration of Black Cinema This Autumn at The BFI”
Can you tell us about Her Name was Carmen? Why did you decide to create a contemporary spin on a classical piece?
As a mother of a young child I was struck by the number of children that are caught up in the refugee crisis. This shocked me and I knew I had to do something for them. As we are a ballet theatre, ballet is our tool. Continue reading “An Interview with Irina Kolesnikova”
“Bigger, deeper, louder.”
After seeing ‘Walk It Home’, the new film about Beirut blues band, The Wanton Bishops, I was at a loss to describe it. Quasi-documentary, the film shows ‘the day(s) in the life’ of Nader Mansour and Eddy Ghossein as they travel around the Mississippi Delta. Continue reading “Film Review: Walk It Home”
Buttercup Bill is billed as a “Southern Gothic Romance”. It is the first production of Sadie Frost and Emma Comley’s new outfit Blonde to Black Pictures, set to be released in the UK August 2015. It is also a debut feature from New York film makers Remy Bennett – who also stars in the film – and Emilie Richard-Froozan. Continue reading “Film Review: Buttercup Bill”