David Oyelowo gave the opening address at the Black Star Symposium of 2016 BFI London Film Festival on Thursday, October 6, 2016.
The actor delivered a speech on diversity and the limited opportunities available for black actors and filmmakers in the British and American movie industries.
David Oyelowo spoke about how sad he gets when he the issue of diversity comes up in all his interviews unlike what white actors get in their interviews, comparing the topic of diversity for him to the topic of James Bond to British actor, Idris Elba.
“I’m going to be very honest with you guys here today – I’m really, really, tired of talking about diversity. That’s just me being real with you this morning. I’m a storyteller, I love telling stories, I love being a filmmaker and these talks take time and energy away from me,” he said.
David Oyelowo starred in two movies that got featured at the festival and gave his speech the morning after the Festival opened with the European premiere of one of the movies, Amma Asante‘s A United Kingdom. the second movie is Mira Nair‘s Queen of Katwe which he starred in alongside Lupita Nyong’o and several other black actors.
Watch the full video of his speech below.