What Modern Hollywood Can Learn From Britain’s Black Film Movement of the 1980s

Repeating Islands


A report by April Wolfe for the L. A. Weekly.

In December of 2016, the British film equivalent of the Oscars — BAFTA — effectively put our U.S. movie awards system on blast by declaring any films up for Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer will have to greatly improve their diversity efforts. From requiring senior positions on cast and crew go to under-represented peoples to providing mentorship and training to those who need a leg up, the new rules aims to build an inclusive industry from the ground up.

When I read the news, I was shocked at how simple they’d made the initiative and how quickly it would change the game — we know all too well that people rarely do what’s best for themselves and the world unless there’s a new law (ahem, cigarettes and seat belts). But the issue had me…

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