BLACK STAR Programme Launches. Includes UK Premiere of ‘A Hundred Streets’ Starring Idris Elba

bfiThis October at BFI Southbank sees the start of the BLACK STAR, the BFI’s landmark season championing the achievements of black stars from the earliest years of cinema through to the present day. The season at BFI Southbank, programmed by Ashley Clark, runs from 17 October – 31 December and includes major film and TV previews, special events, introductions and Q&As from British and international talent including Idris Elba, director John Singleton and Nollywood star Nse Ikpe-Etim, as well as talks.

BLACK STAR champions the achievements of black stars from the earliest years of cinema through to the present day, whilst exploring why opportunities to shine on screen have been historically limited for black actors. Alongside iconic work from much-loved contemporary greats like Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett and David Oyelowo, BLACK STAR will spotlight contributions from crucial figures who must not be forgotten like the late Paul Robeson.

The landmark film season at BFI Southbank, programmed by Ashley Clark and running from 17 October – 31 December, is themed to enable audiences to easily explore different areas of black stardom, from the rich history of ‘transatlantic stardom’ and the early years of Hollywood, to Baadasssss rebels and close up focuses on key black stars including Sidney Poitier, Josephine Baker, The Nicholas Brothers, Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Bellafonte.

100 streets is a multi-layered drama feature film based in London, starring Idris Elba and Franz Drameh & will be released worldwide in November of this year.

Highlights of the October/November programme are:

  • SUN 23 OCT, 13:30: Special Event – Earl Cameron CBE in Conversation + Pool of London (Basil Deardon, 1951) / Onstage: actor Earl Cameron CBE
  • TUE 25 OCT, 18:30 TV PREVIEW: NW (BBC, 2016) / Onstage: director Saul Dibb, actors Nikki Amuka-Bird, OT Fagbenle and Pheobe Fox, director Saul Dibb, screenwriter Rachel Bennette
  • WED 26 OCT, 20:30 – Woman With A Movie Camera Preview And Discussion, In Partnership With Birds Eye View: The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer, 2015)
  • FRI 28 OCT, 18:15 – Special Event: Boyz n the Hood (1991) / Onstage: director John Singleton
  • MON 31 OCT, 9:30-16:30 – Film Africa 2016 Industry Forum – Archiving Africa
  • WED 2 NOV, 18:30 – Film Africa 2016 Industry Forum Uk Premiere – Mali Blues (2016)
  • WED 2 NOV, 20:30: LMFC 50: Cinema of the Body
  • THU 3 NOV, 18:15 – TV Preview: Black is the New Black (BBC, 2016) / Onstage: director Simon Frederick
  • FRI 4 NOV, 18:10 – TV Preview: A Black History of Britain (BBC, 2016) / Onstage: writer and presenter David Olusoga and director James Van der pool
  • FRI 4 NOV – SUN 6 NOV: Set It Off: The Birth of Hip Hop Stardom – BFI Sonic Cinema presents a special Hip Hop weekender
  • TUE 8 NOV, 18:15 – Film Preview: 100 Streets (Jim O’Hanlon, 2016) / Onstage: Actor and producer Idris Elba and director Jim O’Hanlon
  • WED 9 NOV, 20:45 – BFI Member Exclusive: Clarke Peters introduces Stormy Weather (Andrew Stone, 1943) / Onstage: actor Clarke Peters
  • SAT 12 NOV, 13:00-17:00: Special Event: The Life and Times of Cy Grant / Onstage: the High Commissioner of Guyana, Professor Kurt Barling, producer Terry Jervis and theatre director Yvonne Brewster OBE
  • TUE 15 NOV, 18:00 – 10TH Anniversary Screening: Shoot the Messenger (BBC 2006) / Onstage: actors Nikki Amuka Bird and Charles Mnene, producer Anne Pivcevic, vice chair of the Mental Health Taskforce Jacqui Dyer, chaired by Patrick Vernon OBE
  • FRI 18 NOV: In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967)
  • FRI 18 NOV – SUN 20 NOV: African Odysseys Present: Beyond Nollywood – a weekend of screenings and events celebrating the Nigerian filmmakers revolutionising the industry, with special guest actor Nse Ikpe-Etim.

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