Decolonial Fantasy Lands

A lifetime of being othered due to skin colour, race, religion, takes a toll on the psyche; instilling shame, inferiority, and self-loathing. This can lead people of colour, including film-makers, writers, and other artists to seek purer, more beautiful alternative worlds. However as Kavita Bhanot and Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi discuss ‘Everyone wants to imagine themselves… Read More

Why we can’t Live With The Lams and British television’s historic East Asian problem – Part 2

In the second part of his article, Daniel York Loh discusses the historic and ongoing issue with British East Asian representation, recently highlighted in the controversy around the BBC’s Living With The Lams  Read part 1 here Featured image: promotional picture from the BBC’s Chinese Burn I grew up with The Chinese Detective on TV in… Read More

Why we can’t Live With The Lams and British television’s historic East Asian problem – Part one

In the first of a two part article, Daniel York Loh discusses the controversy around the BBC’s Living With The Lams and how British TV still has a major problem with East Asian representation There’s an old entertainment joke which goes like this – “everyone is an expert on two businesses: their own business and… Read More

The whitewashing of Rami Malek

On the face of it, Rami Malek’s Golden Globes and Oscars best actor wins following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy looks like a diversity win for the film industry. Roaa Ali delves deeper into the significance of the Bohemian Rhapsody actor’s accolades The lack of diverse representation at film industry award ceremonies – particularly within the Oscars… Read More

The politics of love in If Beale Street Could Talk

In his review of If Beale Street Could Talk, D. H. Alves demonstrates that both Barry Jenkins and James Baldwin articulate love as a political force, placing it at the centre of their work, be it in the format of the novel, or its cinematographic adaptation. He examines the theological nature of Baldwin’s work and how… Read More

Liam Neeson’s revelation unmasks the dark heart of toxic white masculinity

The response to Liam Neeson’s recent revelations of his plans to randomly kill a Black man as an act of revenge has now switched to the impact on the actor’s career. But as Kristel Tracey writes, it reflects the fact there is still much work to do around toxic white masculinity and structural racism You… Read More

Sorry To Bother You and the politics of the call centre

The film Sorry To Bother You on the face of it explores the world of the underemployed working in call centres. However as Aranyo Aarjan writes, it has much to say about capitalism and the nature of workplace struggle Note: this article contains extensive spoilers Recent years have seen some of the least inspiring films… Read More

Is the white saviour narrative in film finally dead on arrival? | DIASPORA TALES

In the first of her biweekly columns for Media Diversified, author, playwright and social commentator Vanessa Walters discusses the backlash to Green Book and whether the prominent “white saviour” role in films ostensibly about people of colour has finally had its day. When Sarah Hagi conceived her ‘Daily Prayer for the confidence of a mediocre white… Read More

Blackface and anti-Blackness in Bollywood – an endemic problem

In the second of his articles discussing anti-Blackness in South Asian communities, Dhruva Balram investigates Blackface and anti-Blackness in Bollywood, how these narratives drive attitudes in wider culture, and the move for change. Part one can be read here Growing up in India, alongside rice and daal, Bollywood is a part of your every day diet.… Read More

Creatives of colour are the Fela Kutis of our time

Media Diversified founder Samantha Asumadu on what feels like a burgeoning movement for black, brown and Asian theatre makers. There are a few perks to being the founder of Media Diversified and this week that perk was getting to see Barry Jenkins’ feature film If Beale Street Could Talk. It is in effect one of… Read More