“Roy Williams’ 846, which will be performed live on the final day of the Greenwich+Docklands international festival in September, is a collection of more than a dozen short audio plays by British playwrights of colour, who were asked to write something in response to Floyd’s death.”
“When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…”
Film: Odyssey Film Club: Black Mother (Jamaican Independence Day Special)
Harris Academy South Norwood, Fri 9 August 2019, 7:45pm.
‘Part film, part baptism, Black Mother takes us on a spiritual exploration through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, director Khalik Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this island home.
Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode informed by Jamaica’s turbulent history but existing in the urgent present.’
Film: Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo Screening & TalkSouthbank Centre, Thu 15 August 2019, 6:45pm.
‘An exclusive UK premiere about the disappearance – and return – of D’Angelo.
D’Angelo was a Grammy-winning singer with two platinum-selling albums and legions of adoring fans. Then, at the height of his success, the soul singer vanished from the limelight. After 12 years, he returned.’
After the screening, there is a Q&A with director Carine Bijlsma, chaired by Women on Docs’ Eloise King.
Film: Belly, with an intro by season co-programmer Tega Okiti
BFI Southbank, Sat 10 August 2019, 6:20pm.
‘Acclaimed music video director Hype Williams’ feature debut stars legendary rappers Nas and DMX as friends and gangsters ‘Buns’ and Sincere, who navigate the dangerous underworld on the path towards spiritual awakening. Twenty-one years on, Belly exists as a genuine artefact of hip-hop culture at the dawn of the millennium, and it still has a visual influence on black cinema today.’