Creating Role Models Announce First EVER Back To Black, Black History Month Event @ BAFTA

Creating Role Models Announce First EVER Back To Black, Black History Month Event @ BAFTA

Creating Role Models are proud to announce the first EVER Black History Month UK event of its kind to take place at the prestigious BAFTA 195 Piccadilly on October 5th 2014 in celebration of Black History Month. Founded by Fredi Nwaka, Back to Black is a fund raising event in support ...

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ANSWER A Simple Question For Your Chance to WIN Exclusive Premae Make Over

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To celebrate the opening of the Premae Beauty flagship store in London's world famous Whiteley's shopping centre in Bayswater we are offering you the chance to go into the store and get a FREE express make over AND the choice of one FREE product. All you need to do is answer ...

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British Urban Film Festival Secures Premiere Rights To Screen Critically Acclaimed ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’ This September in London

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The British Urban Film Festival has scored a major coup in its coverage of the event after securing the UK festival rights to screen the premiere of critically-acclaimed documentary 'The Trials ofMuhammad Ali' in the opening weekend of September. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, #TrialsOfAli examines how one of the ...

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Labrinth

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Timothy McKenzie  better known by his stage name Labrinth, is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Initially, he was tipped to work as a producer, but Simon Cowell signed him to his record label Syco Music as a solo act. In the process, Labrinth became Cowell's first non-talent show ...

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Kwabs

Kwabs

Hailing from the United Kingdom, Kwabs follows in the footsteps of other electronically-tinged soul artists such as Sampha and James Blake, bringing his warm baritone to soul pieces informed by modern electronic music trends.   Facebook / Soundcloud / Twitter / Spotify     If any information on this page is missing or incorrect please ...

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Ella Eyre

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Ella McMahon, better known by her stage name Ella Eyre, is a British singer and songwriter signed to Virgin EMI Records. She's known for her collaborations with Rudimental on their UK number one single "Waiting All Night" and Naughty Boy and Wiz Khalifa on his single "Think About It". Her debut ...

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The British Blacklist Reviews Amma Asante’s ‘Belle’ Out in UK Cinemas From Today

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It was last year I discovered Belle and at first my interest was indifferent. Period drama, British so I assumed it was a full English and not really up British Blacklist's street. But when I saw the director's name Amma! Her surname Asante! Lead star Gugu Mbatha-Raw! The frantic search ...

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Zoe Sailsman Asghar, director of short film  'Longing'

Documenting Hopelessness. Writer-Director of Globetrotting Short ‘Longing’ Zoe Sailsman-Asgha Speaks Albert Yanney for TBB

Zoe Sailsman-Asghar is a writer-director and producer of 'Longing'. She carries years of experience working within development, production and distribution in the UK TV and film industry. She has worked at high profile multi-award winning film companies such as Pathe (The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire), DJ Films (Adulthood, Kidulthood, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, The ...

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Caste As Black Part 3: Automatic Lens Change: Markers of Cultural Assimilation

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Automatic Lens Change: Markers of Cultural Assimilation It might be 2014, but this article should at least cause you to suspect that race can affect an individual's job prospects. Sociologists have been measuring degrees of cultural assimilation for centuries and have grouped them into 4 major markers - socioeconomic status, geographic ...

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Caste As Black Part Two: Perception and the Means to Adjust the Lens

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Can Black be perceived as British? The answer is, of course, YES. I mean, in the world of international film, TV and theatre, YES.  Just as the UK repeatedly honours 'exotic' or American black actors (see Miss Nyong'o & Mr Abdi's awards records), UK black actors are honoured abroad; and you ...

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#TBBSUNDAYREAD ‘Caste As Black: Awarded a Lesson In Perception’  (Part 1)

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Artistic Director of Breakin' Convention Jonzi D

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APPLY to BBC Radio 2 Comedy Workshop. Deadline 6th October 2014

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Do you want to write comedy for Radio?

As part of this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award, BBC Radio Comedy will be running comedy writing information sessions for beginners to give them a taste of what Radio Comedy producers are looking for and to see what it takes to be a successful comedy writer.

From information about what opportunities there are in BBC Radio Comedy, writing and developing material, to pitching and developing your ideas, the session will aim to show you how to develop your skills and introduce you to the wider world of comedy writing.

What will happen at the workshops?

Each workshop will be three hours in duration, but split into two halves. The first part will include a panel discussion featuring writers and performers, and producers from BBC Radio Comedy. There’ll be plenty of interaction and opportunities for you to ask questions.

After a quick break, you will then be given a chance to pitch and develop your own comedy ideas, with some feedback from our panel.

The workshops will take place in Manchester (9th September) and London at the Hackney Empire (28th September and 18th October).

There is no charge for these sessions, but you will need to register your interest online.

This opportunity is open to any person aged 18 or over as of 29th August 2014, providing they are UK residents.

For further information / to apply click here

PREMAE SKINCARE presents ‘Wonder Woman Wednesdays’ co-hosted by The British Blacklist

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PREMAE SKINCARE presents: Wonder Woman Wednesdays  - A night in for aspirational women

The new ‘night in’ for aspirational women.

 

Multi-award winning Vogue and Forbes featured Allergy-free, Vegan beauty brand Premae Skincare, has designed a series of weekly events instore bringing together industry experts in the fields of Health, Beauty and business to share their unique and inspirational journeys with aspiring women.

The past two years have been remarkable and unmatchable record of achievement in both the mainstream beauty and natural beauty industry for Founder, Dr Clare Eluka and Premae Skincare. Much of which has been supported and celebrated by the Wonder Women guest speakers who have been embarking on their own incredible paths to success as journalists, bloggers, networking consultants, authors and makeup artists.

The format is; Guests book free tickets online and are welcomed with a glass of champagne and an opportunity to network, share business cards etc. The guest speaker will present to the attendees for 20 minutes, followed by a Q&A session led by Clare and co-host Akua Gyamfi (Founder of The British Blacklist). The night will end with a beauty raffle, where guests can win up to £500 worth of products each week.

Week 1: Wed 3rd Sept will be with Wonder Woman: Natalie Clue, Founder of Beauty Pulse London & Keziah Connects. She is also a sought after speaker and thought leader and has spoken at the 2013 and 2014 Southbank Woman of the World Festival and the 2013 Making Cosmetics conference and has worked with global brands such as L’Oréal, featured on company.co.uk, Pure Beauty magazine, The Voice and Blackhair magazine and was seen on Channel 4’s Shop Secrets: Tricks of the Trade in April of this year.

Recently appointed Health and Beauty contributor for Angie Greaves’ (of Magic Radio) new health and wellbeing platform Feeling-Fab.com, the last three years, Natalie has carved out a pioneering niche in the digital space as a key influencer and spokesperson for beauty and business news for the contemporary, cosmopolitan British Woman of Colour via her blog BeautyPulseLondon and successful networking company, Keziah Connects.

Clara Amfo to Review Gadgets, Games & Apps As Part of BBC Children & BBC Learning New Computing, Coding Focused Programming

Radio 1Xtra DJ Clara Amfo

Radio 1Xtra DJ Clara Amfo

BBC Children’s and BBC Learning today announced a range of content across Bitesize, CBBC and CBeebies that will encourage children across the UK to get involved with computing and coding, with new education resources, lively television series, games and competitions.

These early examples form part of the BBC’s coding and digital creativity initiative for 2015, which aims to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology. More detail on this initiative will be announced soon.

To support primary and secondary schools across the UK, and to coincide with the new computing curriculum in England, BBC Learning has introduced a new range of media-rich computer science content through Bitesize. These include curriculum-mapped guides using animation, graphics, video and interactive games

In Appsolute Genius on CBBC, Dick and Dom learn about the geniuses whose ideas, creations and discoveries have shaped the world of coding, computer programming and gaming. As part of this brand-new interactive series, Dick and Dom will also be challenging CBBC viewers to design and help build their very own game – giving a budding young designer the once in a lifetime opportunity for their idea to be released as an app that people across the UK can download and play. Competition details will be announced on CBBC and on the CBBC website later this month.

Also launching on CBBC this autumn is Technobabble, a fun new series delving into the exciting world of technology and taking children on a journey to discover how digital innovations may affect their lives in the future. Presenters Frankie Vu and Radio 1Xtra DJ Clara Amfo will be highlighting the latest apps, games and brilliant examples of digital creativity from around the world, from 3D printers to movie special effects and immersing themselves in the world of virtual reality.

For younger viewers super scientist Nina returns to CBeebies with a brand-new series, Nina And The Neurons: Go Digital, which sees Nina and her young experimenters travel the UK in search of wonders of computer technology. Nina and her experimenters have a go at computer code, find out how the internet works and even try some 3D printing of their own.

Joe Godwin, Director of BBC Children’s, said: “It’s really important that BBC Children’s is at the forefront of digital creativity, because for millions of children CBeebies and CBBC are their first port of call for facts, information and inspiration. And with Dick and Dom and Nina and her Neurons leading the charge, we are sure it will be huge with our audiences.”

Bitesize

BBC Bitesize is changing and now features media-rich curriculum content at both primary and secondary level. This includes study guides and quizzes, as well as thousands of curriculum-mapped clips for use in the classroom. The new Bitesize is designed to work on tablets and mobile phones as well as on desktop PCs and whiteboards.

Brand-new resources supporting the new Computing curriculum at primary level include over 40 curriculum-mapped computing guides using animation, graphics, video and interaction. Sample topics range from Algorithms, Debugging and Writing programs to Animation, Computer Games and How the Internet Works.

The new KS3 Bitesize content will cover: Computational Thinking Algorithms, Programming, Data Representation, Hardware and Software, Internet Communication and Safety and Responsibility; with the new GCSE Bitesize content covering Computers in Society, Binary and Data Representation, Hardware, Software, Networks, Databases and Programming. Again, all content is aligned to the new computing curriculum programmes of study

The new resources can be found at bbc.co.uk/schoolscomputing, which will link to all the new Computing content on Bitesize as well as to other BBC classroom resources, including content to support Dick and Dom’s Appsolute Genius.

CBBC

In Appsolute Genius, Dick and Dom learn about the geniuses whose ideas, creations and discoveries have shaped the world of coding, computer programming and gaming. The series will include interviews with key figures from the world of coding including the animators of Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac Man and Pong – one of the first computer games ever created – and various celebrities who share their memories of games over the years. There will also be an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime competition inviting CBBC viewers to design their very own app, which will be made and available for people across the UK to download. Appsolute Genius can be seen on CBBC in autumn 2014 and the app will be available to download in 2015. The series is made by the Salford-based CBBC Productions team and is a co-commission with BBC Learning.

Technobabble is an exciting, fun new series transporting CBBC viewers into the technological future.

Each episode will be a thrilling mix of future tech, from virtual reality to space travel, and all the latest from the worlds of apps, gaming and all things digital. Brought to CBBC viewers by a fresh mix of new presenting talent, hugely popular YouTube video bloggers and computer-generated character ‘The Vlogster’ (voiced by Dave Lamb), Technobabble will also encourage and empower kids to expand on their computer skills and knowledge.

CBeebies

What amazing things will we have in the future? And, how do computers know what to do? In a brand-new series for CBeebies, Nina And The Neurons: Go Digital, super scientist Nina and her young experimenters ask exciting questions about computer technology.

 

#TBBSUNDAYREAD Interview with Onyeka Nubia author of ‘Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England,Their Presence, Status and Origins’

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British-Nigerian, lecturer in law, historian, educator, writer…

These are just some of the ways to describe Onyeka Nubia, author of  ‘Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, Their Presence, Status and Origins’; (Narrative Eye, 2013) and nominee in the category of ‘Positive Role Model’ 2014 National Diversity Awards. He has also caught some international attention, having involved himself in the construction and establishment of educational infrastructures which benefit black children; he was the first black British author to address the Detroit Public Schools African Child Symposiums (2002). The voting panel of the African Achievers Awards recognised the importance of his fictional, London-based Trilogy (1998-2008) in its portrayal of the black British experience, and granted him 2009′s Communication and Media award.

The British Blacklist caught up with Nubia in anticipation of the National Diversity Awards at the Hurlington Club, London on September 26th 2014.

Nubia has written 2 plays – The Great Challenge which toured nationally,1992–1994, and The Whirlwind and the Storm, staged at the Cochrane and Shaw Theatres in 2001. These were interspersed with his trilogy of novels – Waiting to Explode – How to Stay Alive (1998), The Black Prince – Leopards in the Temple (1998) and The Phoenix – Misrule in the Land of Nod (2008). They are enjoyed as fiction, but, as the AAA recognition showed, are also regarded as both educational and as (recent) historical narratives. The temporal spacing of the novels and this first non-fiction book intrigued me…

Was the delay [between volumes 2 and 3] influenced by the inspiration to begin the 10 years of research for your latest book, Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, Their Presence, Status and Origins?

When you begin such a task you do not quantify how long it will take, only the necessity of it being done. Contrary to what many people may think, the history of the African presence in England is vast and to do it justice you have to approach each piece of work, whether a novel or otherwise, with an understanding of the potential legacy it will leave. The research for Blackamoores began well before the trilogy of novels was published, and this research as I discuss, has included many personal and professional hurdles.

I felt that the titles of the previous works were quite dramatic – the latter two novels conjuring images of bygone days - What made you choose the Tudor period? Was it the earliest era with reliable records of black citizens or an affinity for the period itself, which then just happened to have reliable records?

There is evidence which proves Africans were present in England thousands of years ago. However, the Tudor period is an important era in English history, and often misunderstood. The stories about Tudor England which are promulgated, are about the intrigue of Tudor monarchs, the ‘glory’ of Elizabethan successes, and the problems of making a modern society. Indeed, this was a time of important social, economic and political developments. But the focus of my research is to investigate the presence and status of African people at this time, since the prevailing misconception is that these people could not possibly have lived in such a society, or if they did, they were all slaves.

Onyeka, in all of his guises, is renowned not just for teaching self-determination, cultural identity and resistance to oppression, but he also advocates overcoming the odds and a belief in justice. He has also brought discussions such as the rise of the far right in Europe and the UK and ethnic self-hatred to the fore.
Did you find that your research of the period fit easily into that educational ethic? Your background is in law and history, yet your previous work has dealt more with the recent history of the Diaspora – Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) and 1980s British blacks…

My years of studying law and history helped me to know where and how to look for information. It also provided me with the skills to investigate and analyse this topic from a legal standpoint and elucidate its historical significance.  Personally, I want to have an affinity with all history which tells the narrative of the world. It is important to apply yourself to a variety of historical settings.

Is ‘Blackamoores’ the book you really wanted to write, or was it a natural progression for you through the creatively influenced first 2 novels and the plays? 

They all needed to be written. The intention for each work is to unblock the rigid concepts we have of history and ourselves. The novels, plays and Blackamoores each tackle a part of our sub-conscious conditioning related to the African Diaspora: what Africans have accomplished, and our contribution to England as a nation.
Blackamoores represents only a portion of the research I carried out, but it was necessary for it to come out now to start a dialogue about the true history of African people in England.

The first anniversary of Blackamoores publication is approaching – a month after the NDAs and just short of the Scottish Independence vote, in fact. The feedback I have seen has been universally positive, praising the successful attempt at altering the perceptions ingrained by social conditioning…

” Thank you to the author of Blackamoores for proving that African’s were indeed present in this country before the Windrush and not just as slaves. This is very powerful and makes for an overwhelmingly empowering read. It provides a clear perspective with regards to the African presence within Tudor society. Something that doesn’t quite seem to have translated in Michael Hirst’s “The Tudors”!… Very well done Onyeka! I salute you.” Knowledge is Movement, Dec 2013.
[Courtesy of Amazon's Customer Reviews*]

Does that give you a sense of completion? Of achieving what you set out to achieve, or is there something you feel you would like to revisit in the book?

As mentioned, there is much further to go and as more discussion is generated on the book, it will be interesting to see how the press and social media networks take it up. What is certain, having a better of understanding of England’s past can provide us with tools to understand and survive in a modern society.

Personally, I am a great advocate of all under-represented groups, being a member of three, so I had to ask…Do you feel you were able to strengthen the black female narrative as well as the male, or vice versa?

The story of people of African descent, be they men or women, has a shared reality but also differences. Some of these I explore in this work. Others will be explored in later work. But what is certain is that in Tudor England African women had lives, hopes and aspirations and that some had children and families.

Hmmm, that sounded like a ‘no’. On the other hand, this author was being protective of the book’s content… So, I switch to the impending NDAs. I had watched the YouTube video posted by his publisher, Narrative Eye () as a promotional film to encourage his nomination as a Positive Role Model. I was particularly struck by those of his past students who chose to add their voice and support. Many had obviously been deeply inspired by the Onyeka philosophy and educational ethic, as they explained how he had touched their lives and altered their internal and external world view.
Would you like to see ‘Blackamoores’ added to a course curriculum?

It is imperative that the African experience in Tudor England is taught in schools, so that students are given a more accurate picture of history and all people can have a sense of identity. It is for this reason that Narrative Eye  launched a petition to the education secretary for the African Tudors to be included in the National Curriculum. At present, the petition has reached its target of signatures and the next stage will be to place the petition before Parliament.

Others have certainly expressed such a wish. But, surely, this is a book pitched at the adult educational level…

Blackamoores is accessible to students from Key Stage 3, however, the aim of the book, the petition and the other work Narrative Eye is doing on this topic, is so that students, teachers and academics can establish a framework by which the African Tudors can be taught at all levels and with all abilities.

I took the opportunity to express a thought that had been bothering me since April.  Is it not as important, if not more so, to begin cultural education at an earlier age, before social conditioning is deeply ingrained?

Education is important at all levels and all ages. But how you teach, the method will change. So the information in Blackamoores is important for all, although of course the way you relay that information will vary according to your reading ability, age etc.

I had recently been talking with a French mother (married to an Englishman), whose children go to 2 hours of French school on Saturday mornings. She told me of Polish friends whose children attend Saturday morning Polish school for 4 hours, and I grew up with Greek Cypriot kids who went to Greek school every week. They not only learn the language, but they learn about all aspects of the culture – food, dance, etc. So I push on with my nagging thoughts…
Is this not the next step for the AfriCarib community? To bring together the increasing numbers of teachers and academics and create a network of Saturday or holiday classes to educate our own about our history and promote books such as yours?

Other organisations such as National Association of Black Supplementary Schools (NABSS) already has the goal of bringing all the Saturday/supplementary schools together with academics. There are other organisations too with aims of widening educational attainment. Many of these groups are already aware of Blackamoores.
In the African and Caribbean community there has been a tradition of Saturday schools since the 1950′s. However, it is important that every African household should have books that reflect their history. In British schools the specific and unique history of Africans in England is either not taught or not taught well. It is important that we understand an African presence in this country did not start with the Empire Windrush which arrived in 1948. We have been part of the fabric of this country for a long time. Books like Blackamoores will educate parents, children and teachers about this rich heritage.

I had to admit, I did not know that. I certainly never attended anything like cultural schooling in my youth. As an adult, things have been different. For example, I went to the SOAS screening of Toyin Agbetu’s Beauty Is… [read TBB's interview with the director here and the film review here] and there were a huge number of teachers wanting to know how they could bring the film to their students. I just see it as a different aspect of the same question.

Could you see yourself contributing to such a project? It would ensure the value of your work would not be lost on an unappreciative audience or forgotten…

Whenever discussion of world history and our experiences can contribute to our understanding of the modern world, it is a positive things.

Is there a particular message you wish our readers to receive about you and this book?

To keep going, and never give up no matter what the odds… Thank you.

interview for the british blacklist by  @DescantDeb

Albert Yanney Talks To Author & Film Producer Cass Pennant About Latest Film Project ‘The Guvnors’

Harley Sylvester (l) & Cass Pennant (r) on set of The Guvnors-  Photo Credit: Craig Sugden

Harley Sylvester (l) & Cass Pennant (r) on set of The Guvnors- Photo Credit: Craig Sugden

Cass Pennant is the best-selling author of eight football fan-related books, five of which have been UK Top Ten bestsellers. Pennant is also the eponymous anti-hero of the British feature film ‘Cass’ (2008), based on his best-selling autobiography about his turbulent life and character, constantly strengthened through adversity. Cass was directed by Jon. S. Baird and filmed starring Nonso Anozie, Nathalie Press and Tamer Hassan.

It was a culmination of events and a violent lifestyle as a leading member of notorious 80s football gang the ICF that saw him convicted and sent to prison; it was at this time that Pennant began to write.
In the range of hooligan literature the singular elements of humane dynamism and sympathy within Pennant’s writing stood out. His story showed an escape route for those brutalised by their early experiences, a way out of the dead end towards moral redemption and peace.
As an acknowledged authority on the culture of hooliganism and gang culture, Pennant has advised on numerous TV and film projects, including Guy Ritchie’s acclaimed Snatch (2000), Lexi Alexander’s Green Street/Hooligans (2005), Alan Clarke’s The Firm (2009) plus Bravo TV’s The Real Football Factories (2006) series, ITV’s Bouncers series and Ian Stuttard’s award winning Thames TV documentary Hooligan (2005).

Today Cass Pennant works mainly in film after being instrumental in the 2011 production of Casuals – a feature film DVD documentary exploring the early 80s fashion movement instigated by young football supporters. 
His latest venture finds him credited as a co-producer on British gangster film ‘The Guvnors’ which stars Harley Sylvester from rap group Rizzle Kicks in his first major role. The Guvnors is on general release from Friday 29th August 2014. The British Blacklist caught up with Mr Pennant to talk about the film set amongst the clans and firms of South East London, bringing two generations together in brutal conflict…

Hello Cass, welcome to the British Blacklist. You are an acclaimed author and self-confessed Hooliologist. Can you explain the latter term for our readers?

The books had brought me a lot of requests to be interviewed from students to press and media as an authoritarian on the subject of hooliganism. I found myself replacing a role normally reserved for sociologists. Me and a friend came up with the name as a tongue-in-cheek reference knowing no such word existed and is clearly a play on the word ‘criminologist’. The challenge was to get it in the English dictionary but the first official recognition came via the Daily Express when I was described as the nation’s foremost “hooliologist” and soon after it entered the Urban Dictionary.

You are a co-producer of ‘The Guvnors’. How did your link up with writer-director Gabe Turner come about and is the film an unofficial sequel to Cass?

Through film distributor Metrodome I was introduced to Gabe Turner and Fulwell 73 late in 2012 as the film is a collaboration partnership from the outset. Metrodome knew me after producing the successful football fashion documentary Casuals and was offered the opportunity to work freelance on both the film and script. The story of my own life was made a film by another director Jon S. Baird (Filth) in 2008 but there is no planned sequel. The Guvnors is a fictional work and Gabe Turner’s first feature movie.

Is the core message of The Guvnors essentially the ‘knock-on’ effect of a violent lifestyle and the importance of setting a good moral example for our future generations?

The Guvnors is a story focussed on the violent lifestyles of two alpha male roles awesomely played by Harley Sylvester (Rizzle Kicks) and Doug Allen (The Firm, Eastenders) and the knock-on effect of that lifestyle is massive as you will see at the end of the film. Throughout the story you feel certain messages, some strong some quite subtle but you feel them. The hunter can become the hunted and the abuser can also be the victim, trapped by the environment lived in. The director feels the message in fatherhood is key but for me the movie’s message is that there really are two paths in life and eventually you’re going to have to choose, sink or swim.

There are no real lead female characters in this film so how do you respond to critics who may stereotype this as a gratuitously violent “lad flick”?

With the title being Guvnors rather than ‘Governess’ and along with its action packed trailer the film is rightly going to appeal strongly to the genre most favoured with the lads, the bonus is that the wider appeal of the film is via the excellent casting of a number of female supporting roles played to an importance. The likes of Melanie Gutteridge and Lorraine Stanley and newcomer Nina Cranstoun carry a strong screen presence. The feedback with this week’s west end premiere and early screenings has been surprising in that it has been generally been the women who have commented first about how much they enjoyed it, simply because it surpassed their expectations.

I also think it a plus to have had the film’s distributor Metrodome heavily involved at the start of production. They have experience of targeting a film’s audience and knowing their market. Trust me the film has no need to rely heavily on critics, as I believe we have built up a film people wanted prior the 29th release date with our social media campaign and the trailer which has already reached 100k views.

Do you have anything in the pipeline for the rest of the year?

I have produced a crowd-funded short film about a mixed-race teenaged girl who struggles to find acceptance in Leicester in 1980. Whilst the film follows the protagonist’s journey, it simultaneously explores British cultural history and concepts of British identity. The backdrop to the film is one of the most explosive post-war British subcultures, which saw the coming together of black and white musicians and the union of the musical influences of Jamaican based Ska and British based Punk.
The movement would leave an indelible mark on British identity as it remains a symbol of British multiculturalism and continues to have an iconic cultural legacy.
The film starring Laya Lewis (Skins) and Vicky McClure (This is England) is in post-production as a short for the festival circuit. Along with director and writer Alexander Thomas, I have already began working to make it a feature film project and I couldn’t express enough words to describe how passionate I am about making it.

 

CINEMA LISTINGS FOR ‘THE GUVNORS’ RELEASED FROM 29TH AUGUST

CINEWORLD CINEMA: Aberdeen, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Bolton, Bradford, Cardiff, Castleford, Enfield, Glasgow Renfrew St, Sheffield, Stevenage, Wolverhampton,

SHOWCASE CINEMA: Bluewater, Bristol, Cardiff, CDL Leicester, Coventry, Derby CDL, Dudley, Glasgow East, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newham, Nottingham, Paisley, Peterborough, reading, Teesside, Walsall, more to be confirmed.

VUE CINEMA: Birmingham Star City

It will be out on DVD & Blu-ray 26th December 2014

 

interview with Cass Pennant  for the british blacklist by @AYanneyTBBL

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