A United Kingdom: Love In The Time Of The British Empire

This review will contain spoilers. by Shane Thomas  Once the year in film began with #OscarsSoWhite[1], was it coincidence that 2016 is closing – and 2017 beginning – with a raft of movies featuring people of colour? We have Hidden Figures, Lion, Fences, and the magnificent Moonlight to come. We recently had the release of Queen… Read More

Selma: A Necessary Story

by Shane Thomas For those not familiar with the work of Ava DuVernay, one of the features of her movies is her ability to scrutinise the everyday. She has always been superb at shining a spotlight on the little things, the intimate moments, which so often go unnoticed, but in aggregate, are the ones that… Read More

The Butler serves up a chronicle of the Civil Rights movement

by Maurice Mcleod I sat down to watch Lee Daniel’s The Butler, unsure about what sort of film I was about to see. The film tells the story of Cecile Gaines, a black butler who served under seven presidents at the White House while the battle for Civil Rights engulfed the US. I feared I was… Read More