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

“Thugs, skets, and thots” There is no ONE black story

by Shane Thomas  Around this time last year, a large part of the discussion around the cinema award season focused on 12 Years A Slave, and its possible chances on winning prizes at the Academy Awards. While there are myriad problems with the Oscars, the reason why it matters is because it remains the closest… Read More

We Are Not At Zero.

by Jay Bernard As a fan of the gay bash that is BFI Flare, I was struck by this statement: It would be irresponsible of us to leave it up to organisations like the BFI […] to have more representations of positive black queer and non-queer experiences. At best, all they can offer is tokenistic… Read More

#12YearsASlave Black women suffered uniquely during the slave trade

Content note for plot spoilers, and depictions of racist and misogynoirist violence:  by Shane Thomas It speaks volumes when a filmmaker has a distinctive tonality to their work after only three films. With Hunger and Shame, Steve McQueen has made movies of searing intensity. His latest, 12 Years a Slave is no different. It’s a… Read More