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Young Brixton activists recreate film posters with black leads | UK news | The Guardian

Legally Black’s poster for its version of The Inbetweeners at a bus stop in Brixton. Photograph: LegallyBlackUK

Legally Black’s poster for its version of The Inbetweeners at a bus stop in Brixton. Photograph: LegallyBlackUK

Shiden Tekle and his friends became so frustrated about the lack of black actors in films and TV shows that they decided to recreate famous movie posters, including Titanic, Harry Potter and The Inbetweeners, with black people taking the leading roles.

The posters, created in Brixton with…

via Young Brixton activists recreate film posters with black leads | UK news | The Guardian

5 comments on “Young Brixton activists recreate film posters with black leads | UK news | The Guardian

  1. beetleypete

    I watch a lot of films, and probably too much TV too. I must say that I think Black actors are not underused in modern TV drama at all, though some ‘Middle-Class’ film-makers do seem to studiously avoid casting anyone who isn’t white in mainstream cinema releases.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  2. First Night Design

    All I can say is that I totally disagree when it comes to television.

  3. beetleypete

    I have been watching some dramas with black and Asian actors taking some leading roles for a while now. Then there are the plots written with them in mind, like the recent drama ‘Next Of kin’, starring Archie Panjabi, or the C4 drama ‘Kiri’ that had many good roles for black actors, though Sarah Lancashire starred. They have even cast black leads in BBC’s ‘Troy’, despite allegations of messing with history. I think films have some way to go to catch up.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  4. First Night Design

    That may be so and having not been here for seven years, I concede you have a wider experience of British TV in recent years. However, your own statement shows what is still wrong. Why not a black woman in charge instead of Lancashire? Black actors or actresses have the same problem as we do – the same small group of actors get picked again and again and again.

  5. beetleypete

    I agree that Lancashire’s role could just as easily have been played by a black actor. Another recent drama had a black lead too, the ITV drama ‘Trauma’. It is coming on, but has a way to go yet.
    Your other point is more relevant. TV drama seems to pick from a ‘pool’ of actors, whatever the race or sex. John Simm was starring in two dramas at the same time. One on BBC at 9pm, and the other on ITV at the same time. And on the same night…x

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