The Black Mirror: Representations of race in the horror film

We’re living in a golden age of Black horror films.

For most of film history, Black actors have appeared in horror films in supporting roles. Many were deeply problematic. Now, rather than simply including Black characters, many of these films are created by, star or focus on Black people, life and culture.

Coinciding with Halloween and Film Fear, Esther Lisk-Carew will be joined by Adam Murray and Liz Chege to discuss the history of Black horror and the portrayal of Black people within the genre.

Participants are welcome to submit their questions in advance via direct message on Twitter @HOME_mcr or Instagram @homemcr.

About the hosts:

Esther Lisk-Carew is a freelance Host and podcaster, specialising in intersectionality in the cultural, galleries, libraries and museums sectors. She co-hosts the Well Spoken Tokens podcasts and regularly hosts Q&As at HOME.

Adam Murray is a Bristol based Film – curator/writer and a regular contributor and programmer with film collectives/festival: Come The Revolution, Cinema Rediscovered, Cables & Cameras, Commonhand and Bristol Black Horror Club. Adam has previously collaborated with Bristol’s Watershed on a screening of Ava Duvernay’s first feature This Is The Life, he also contributed to the venues Afrofuturism season as part of BFI Sci-Fi: Days of Fear And Wonder as well as BFI’s Blackstar season.

Come the Revolution is a collective of curators, programmers and creatives from Bristol & Birmingham committed to exploring and challenging black life, experience and cultural expression through cinema.

His programming interests focus on representations of blackness and diaspora on screen. With a particular passion for exploring mixed-race identity, global Hip Hop culture, Science Fiction and Horror cinema. Adam also contributes to regular film networking event Cables & Cameras based at the Cube Cinema, Bristol.

Liz Chege is a film programmer, critic and curator. She is a Berlinale Talent alumnus and founding member of Come the Revolution, a collective of creatives and curators committed to exploring Black life, experience and cultural expression through cinema. She was the programme producer of British Council’s “No Direct Flight” at BFI Southbank, a cross-media exploration of global African diaspora moving-image makers that explored how the digital world has shaped culture and aesthetics and has curated programmes for international festivals. Most recently, she has been appointed as festival director of Africa in Motion Festival.

Follow Liz on Twitter: @elchronicle

This will be a live Zoom event, details will be sent out to bookers closer to the time.

Age guidance 16+

This event contains infrequent strong language and language that some viewers may find offensive. For more information please see our content warning page.

A recording of this event with Caption Subtitles will be available after the event.