BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
British Film Institute (BFI) has unveiled Black Star, UK’s biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors.
Black Star will run from October to December and will feature the re-release of classics like Boyz N the Hood, In The Heat of The Night and Stormy Weather.
Contemporary black actors like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Samuel L. Jackson, David Oyelowo, Denzel Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Sophie Okonedo, Josephine Baker, Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge, and enduring icons such as Sidney Poitier, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Robeson and Angela Bassett will all be recognized at the event.
Speaking about the reason for Black Star, Heather Stewart, Creative Director of the BFI said, “Imagine cinema history without Paul Robeson, Dorothy Dandridge, Sidney Poitier, Pam Grier, and Samuel L Jackson – some of the greatest actors to light up our screens with their charisma and talent.
“Now imagine how much richer our shared memory would be, had the opportunities available to black actors matched their abilities. With Black Star we are celebrating great performances and bringing them back to the big screen for everyone to enjoy.
“And we are also asking searching questions, of our industry and of ourselves, driven by a passion to meet the expectations of audiences who rightly expect to see their stories and aspirations reflected on screen.”
For more details about the Black Star, visit bfi.org.uk