Marking a moment in time with three of the 2021 BAFTA Lead Actress nominees

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Saturday 27 March | 16:00 - 16:45 (GMT)

Don’t miss an important conversation on race and representation with three of the 2021 BAFTA Lead Actress nominees, hosted by the British Blacklist and WFTV.

 

The 2021 BAFTA Nominations are a moment of celebration for women of colour in the Lead Actress category, with four out of the six nominations going to Black women.


WFTV and The British Blacklist are bringing together these actors, Bukky Bakray (Rocks), Radha Blank (The Forty-Year-Old Version) and Wunmi Mosaku (His House) with host, Akua Gyamfi (The British Blacklist) to mark this historic year with the nominations and discuss keeping the momentum going for the future. We’ll hear how they feel about being a part of history, celebrating this important moment in their careers and their hopes for true representation both onscreen and behind the scenes.

As this is such an important issue, this event will be open to members and non-members, everyone is welcome.

Event Schedule:

15:55: Please join the webinar

16:00-16:45: Akua leads discussion with the panel

16:45: Finish

How will the online event work?

This event will be live streamed via Zoom.us. Viewing details are provided with your event confirmation.

Attending participants will not be visible to others and will be muted throughout the session. 

​About the Organisers

The British Blacklist - Founded in 2012 by journalist, producer, and presenter Akua Gyamfi, The British Blacklist is an online media platform that celebrates the talents of British Black creatives across Screen, Stage, Literature, and Sound. 

Women in Film & Television (UK) is a membership organisation for women all over the UK and internationally aimed for women working in media. We have strong events calendar, currently hosting 4-5 online events every week and are looking forward to when we can bring back in-person events when it is safe to do so. We also produce the prestigious Women in Film & TV Awards at the Hilton, Park Lane every year in December. We run a four nations mid-career mentoring programme for women and collaborate with industry bodies on research projects, run bursary initiatives and lobby for women’s interests.

At WFTV we’re really keen to ensure that all our events are accessible for everyone. If you have any particular access needs, please can you let us know before the event and we will do our best to accommodate you. We would be grateful if you can give us as much notice as possible – please contact admin@wftv.org.uk

ON THE PANEL

RADHA BLANK | ACTRESS

2021 BAFTA Nominee for Lead Actress - The Forty-Year-Old Version

Winner of the 2020 Sundance Institute Vanguard Award and Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Directing Award, Radha Blank is a director, performer, writer, and proud native New Yorker. A Helen Merrill Award recipient, Radha’s acclaimed play Seed was deemed “fresh, lively...and poetic” by HuffPost. She’s since written for Empire (Fox) and She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix). Radha’s script for The Forty-Year Old Version was chosen for the 2017 Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Labs and garnered the 2017 Adrienne Shelly Women’s Filmmaker Award and the 2018 Maryland Film Festival Producers Club Award. When not writing for the stage and screen, Radha performs as RadhaMUSprime, whose brand of hip-hop comedy has sold out shows from New York to Norway. Named one of “10 Directors to Watch for 2020” by Variety, Radha’s feature filmmaking directorial debut The Forty-Year Old Version has been hailed by critics as “funny, thought-provoking, wholly original” and “forever relevant.”

BUKKY BUKRAY | ACTRESS

2021 BAFTA Nominee for Lead Actress - Rocks 

Bukky Bakray is an award-nominated actress who received critical acclaim for her debut performance in breakout film ROCKS, a stunning tale of girlhood and friendship. Her performance scored her two British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nominations as well as two BAFTA nominations for Best Leading Actress and EE Rising Star, establishing her as an exciting emerging talent in film. Bukky’s passion for acting continues to grow having completed a year-long course as part of RADA Youth Company. She is currently enrolled on Theatre Peckham’s Originate Acting Course and can be seen next in BBC One and Netflix’s TV adaptation of Imran Mahmood’s bestselling novel You Don’t Know Me.

WUNMI MOSAKU  | ACTRESS

2021 BAFTA Nominee for Lead Actress - Rocks 

Born in Nigeria, BAFTA Award-winning actress Wunmi Mosaku has worked with some of the most talented filmmakers and actors in the industry, whilst establishing herself across film, television and on stage. Recently, Wunmi has starred in the award-winning television drama, Our Loved Boy: Damilola, in BBC1 crime drama Luther, Sky Atlantic in HBO’s series Lovecraft Country, in feature film Sweetness In The Belly, and Sky One’s eight-part drama Temple. As she continues to take on prominent roles in much-anticipated film and television productions, the RADA trained actress continues to establish herself as an international acting presence to watch.

AKUA GYAMFI | Host | Founder of The British Blacklist

Akua Gyamfi has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, with a career spanning fashion, film, television, theatre, print, and online media. In 2012 Akua founded The British Blacklist a platform that celebrates the talents of British Black creatives across Screen, Stage, Literature, and Sound. She also produces podcasts Your Aunties Could Never (popular culture, and TBB Talks (interviews with Black creatives from around the globe). Alongside writer/producer Leon Mayne, Akua is the co-creator/co-exec producer and host of the industry round table series The Circle. In 2019 Akua joined forces with Soul Film, The New Black Film Collective, and We Are Parable to launch the S.O.U.L. Film Festival, an annual event that showcases the best of Black filmmakers and content creators from the UK and the wider Diaspora. 

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