How American cinema has changed since the 1980s, I’ll use the action film as the conduit to make this point. Back then we had ridiculously over the top, jingoistic, star vehicles centred around a handful of names. Now, those films are shot and financed exclusively
Julie Dash’s debut film turned 25 last year, but even without the anniversary this sumptuous BFI restoration would still probably exist. In the late 2010s, the film has become more relevant than ever. It is an inspiration for a new generation of African-American directors –
Night of Truth (French: La nuit de la vérité) is a 2004 French/Burkinabe film, the first by director Fanta Régina Nacro. Set in a fictional West-African country, this film tells the story of the night of reconciliation between two ethnic groups, the Nayak and the
Blaxploitation habitually made itself a wide open target for parody and mockery, take the newly released Blacula directed by William Crain, it sounds like a joke rather than something conceived from a creative mind. Even the trailer made at the time of release called Blacula,
Telling one story in a film is enough of a challenge, those that interweave more into their narrative demand a colossal level of balance to be anything more than a gimmick. ABCs of Death is both a perfect example and condemnation of this hyper-ambitious mode
Half of a Yellow Sun is a novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which recounts the Biafran war from a personal and not military perspective. Charged with adapting this 2007 award-winning book is first time director and playwright Biyi Bandele.