London Live, the capital’s TV channel, has announced that it is to continue its successful partnership with the British Film Institute into a second year of collaboration.
“We are proud to be working with the BFI for the second year running. We’ve been given unprecedented access into their archive to select a diverse range of films and we are extremely proud to give a platform to this specially curated selection of films depicting black communities and culture in the capital as we continue to reflect the city’s vibrancy and diversity.” – Lorna Cole, Live Content and Partnerships Manager for London Live
Launching on 23rd October, London Live’s new “BFI: Black London” season will celebrate the culture and history of the London black community through a series of specially curated content from the BFI’s Black Britain on Film project which will launch on BFI Player later in November.
The season coincides with Black History Month, ties in with the BFI’s Black Star project at BFI Southbank and UK-wide, and will be running on air until February. Featuring a selection of fiction and non-fiction films and TV programmes from the last five decades, the season covers a range of issues – from racial tension to intra generational family drama, capturing the respective era’s political and social backdrops. The season kicks off with the critically acclaimed “Young Soul Rebels”, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Directed by the pioneering Isaac Julien and starring Sophie Okonedo, the film captures the interplay between the various youth cultural movements during the late 70’s and the ensuing social and cultural tensions.
Other highlights include Menelik Shabazz’s “Burning an Illusion” – starring Cassie McFarlane – a trailblazer for British female black actresses, placing a woman at the centre of the action for the first time and “Blood Ah Go Run” – a documentary depicting the reaction of the New Cross community to the aftermath of the New Cross Fire. Both will be scheduled on the channel around the time of its 35th anniversary.
“We are delighted to be working with London Live again to bring these fantastic films of the capital’s black communities to the widest audience. These films, drawn from the collections of the BFI National Archive, highlight the rich variety of Black British film – from documentary shorts to feature films – and include recognised classics alongside fascinating, hard-to-see films.” – Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI National Archive