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Meet the Filmmakers Ahead of Women Of The lens Festival Launch

By Jennifer Robinson | November 13, 2019

Life In My Shoe is a short film written and directed by Wimana Beatrice, a young refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Beatrice was featured in NeeNee Productions 2016 film Sauti (Voice). Wimana Beatrice is a young journalist and Congolese refugee who grew up in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement. Beatrice finished secondary school and […]

Meet the Filmmakers Ahead of Women Of The lens Festival Launch

By Jennifer Robinson | November 9, 2019

In the run up to the Festival’s launch we spoke with some of the filmmakers with productions in this year’s programme about their day-to-day lives. Let’s hear from Teniola King, director of Gidi High Life… What gets you up out of bed in the mornings Teniola? “…The fact that I’m alive, well and pursuing a […]

Blackout In The British Frame: meet the panellists

By Jennifer Robinson | November 9, 2019

Come and join us as we open our annual event on Friday 29th November as we start to pick apart some of the vexed challenges about black women’s representation in UK media. Get to know our guest panellists who’ll guide our discussion.       Myvanwy Evans is the founder of Louder Than Words non-profit creative agency specialising […]

Black Out In The British Frame: black women’s media images come under scrutiny

By Jennifer Robinson | November 2, 2019

It all started with a tweet, such is social media’s power to illicit debate now. Top Boy was the catalyst; that Channel4-come Drake-come-Netflix-rebirth of a certain brand of British black life…British black man’s life. Top Boy was trending on its first screening since its airing on Netflix. It was being consumed and enjoyed by all as a legitimate […]

Director Shola Amoo’s The Last Tree is a slow boil in reconciliation

By Jennifer Robinson | August 28, 2019

(may contain spoilers) The juxtaposition of landscapes at the beginning and end of Shola Amoo’s The Last Tree are mirrors, anchoring the story to a satisfying conclusion. The landscapes are used as internal safe spaces for the boy then man, in this coming of age narrative that finds compassion and humility in its main characters. The […]

#WomenDirect: A Showcase of British Black Women Directors

By Jennifer Robinson | August 3, 2019

I was fortunate to have watched a preview screening of Shola Amoo’s The Last Tree (2019), a much-anticipated film. Amoo has up to this production, made short films with stories to include Touch (2013) and A Moving Image (2016). The Last Tree is an obvious demonstration of the growth, development and clear filmmaking talent of Amoo.   […]