Spike Lee’s cutting satire focuses on the creation of a modern day minstrel show, conceived by TV executive Pierre Lacroix (Damon Wayans), who becomes tired of producing clichéd shows. He decides to pitch the minstrel show, in the hope that he gets fired and gains severance pay. Instead, the show is a massive hit, with two black actors performing in blackface to a predominately white audience. Lacroix now has to deal with the consequences of a divisive show as his world slowly crumbles around him.
This screening is part of Spike is 60, a series of films and events taking place throughout the year to celebrate the director’s 60th birthday. This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network.
This screening is accompanied by a panel discussion hosted by Akua Gyamfi, Founder of The British Blacklist, with panelists Delia Rene (Vex in the City), Adrian Scott (Mellow 9 Productions), Emil Collins (Socialize Media) and Jennifer G Robinson (Eshe Media).
The British Blacklist is the UK’s only database for British Black Entertainment talent and businesses.
Delia Rene is the creator and writer of the award winning sex, relationship & lifestyle blog Vex In the City, which speaks about her experiences of being a black woman growing up within London.
Adrian Scott is a director, writer and producer who co-founded Mellow 9 Productions, who create amazing visuals for poets, content for TV and original films in any genre, including contributions to British films such as Nick Nevern’s Terry.
Emil Collins is a Filmmaker, Producer, Director, Graphic Designer & Photographer at Socialize Media UK Ltd, which creates high quality video productions and content including but not limited to Corporate video, Multicamera Setups, Documentaries, Drama and Comedy Film Shorts, TV & Web Shows and commercials.
Jennifer Robinson has built a 20-year industry career in the specialist areas of Film, Media, PR, Journalism and Education. Her experience comes via the public, private and enterprise sectors. Eshé Media is a PR consultancy with intuitive solutions for business. She is also the founder/director of Women Of The Lens, a 3-day Festival of Film, Broadcast and Digital programming. It was created to celebrate and highlight the achievements of women of colour in the UK creative industries.