Hollywood’s Awards Season Fascination with Rape and Sexual Abuse

by Winnie M Li  Content warning: includes references to rape and sexual abuse A few months ago at the Golden Globes, Isabelle Huppert won a Golden Globe for playing a rape survivor, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson won for playing a rapist-murderer. While subsequent awards shows haven’t panned out the same way, both actors continue to be lauded… Read More

Moonlight isn’t just a part of the conversation for film of the year, it is the conversation

by Shane Thomas Content note: this review contains spoilers It’s often said that a key facet of healthy relationships is open, honest, and clear communication. Perhaps less emphasised is that this applies to familial relationships as well as romantic ones. Eight years after his debut feature film, Medicine for Melancholy, Barry Jenkins has made a movie… Read More

Spike Lee: black director, black star?

by Grace Barber-Plentie Whiling away an evening playing a casual game of “which director is the most attractive?” (actors who have also directed notwithstanding, Paul Thomas Anderson and Ryan Coogler are my answers for those who are curious) with friends led me to ponder something – how is it possible that some directors are able to… Read More

Angela Bassett, the genius that defies age

by Rooney Elmi Navigating the tricky “in between” identity of a first-generation American-Muslim roughly translates to exhibiting the daily cultural friction of managing tradition, Western upbringing, and religion in a post 9-11 landscape. For a while, it seemed as though I shared little-to-no commonalities with my parents, and my growing admiration for film converted into… Read More

Facing Blackness: Interview With Ashley Clark

Film critic (and sometime guest on Film 2016) Ashley Clark has featured on this site before, when we discussed the Afrofuturism season he curated at the BFI in 2014. He has just written his first book, Facing Blackness: Media and Minstrelsy in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled. We spoke about the book, the merits and demerits of Bamboozled,… Read More

Imagined: Lupita Nyong’o as Cleopatra (and other film remakes we would love to see)

by Shane Thomas CONTENT NOTE: This piece contains plot spoilers, and some of the embedded links are NSFW. With the news that Ghostbusters is to be remade with an all-female cast, I’ve been pondering the topic of movie remakes. For some, the notion of remaking a heralded story from the past is creative heresy. However, I’ve never been… Read More

Tim Reid: Telling black stories after Hollywood

Sister Sister actor Tim Reid talks about his move behind the camera by Zaneta Denny Growing up one of my favourite shows was the American sitcom Sister Sister, about two African-American teens with adoptive parents. Regular laughs and relatable family dramas encouraged me to tune in weekly with my own family. Sister Sister was part… Read More

Hollywood would prefer to keep real police brutality a secret

by Christina Fonthes Ryan Cooglar’s debut feature film Fruitvale Station is a prime example of the visual magic that happens when people tell their own stories. Cooglar is a 28-year-old writer and director from the San Francisco Bay area. His film, Fruitvale Station, is based on the final 24 hours in the life of Oscar Grant,… Read More

Criminalising forced marriage: The risk of symbolic gestures

by Huma Munshi A young woman sits in front of the bank manager, her distress is palpable with tears streaming down her face; her voice comes out in desperate gasps. “Please don’t call the police; I can’t explain how awful things will get.” “They have broken the law, I have no choice.” He responds. “Please,… Read More

Oh Come All Ye White Saviors

by Phenderson Djeli Clark Earlier this year, Salon magazine’s David Sirota penned an article titled, “Oscar Loves a White Savior.” In it, Sirota noted that ‘If a movie features white people rescuing people of color from their plight, odds are high an Oscar will follow’ –singling out then Oscar contender Lincoln and showing ten others… Read More