The British Blacklist's interview strand TBB Talks features interviews with creatives across Screen, Stage, Literature & Sound.
We get to know some of the best British Black creatives and creatives from our Diasporic family across the globe who are making a difference in the arts.
TBB Talks to ... Danny Sapani Star of Hymn
Over the course of his career, Danny Sapani has appeared in many fan favourites, from Black Panther to Killing Eve. Sapani can also be currently seen on https://www.ntathome.com (National Theatre at Home) taking leading roles in the National Theatre productions of Medea and Les Blancs.
Most recently, Sapani appeared opposite Adrian Lester in the world premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s new play Hymn at the https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/hymn-live-recording/1-mar-2021-7-mar-2021 (Almeida Theatre), which explores the evolving relationship between two men who find out that they have the same father. While theatres remain closed, Sapani and Lester’s performance was live-streamed to audiences watching from home and will be available to watch on-demand between Wednesday 3rd - Tuesday 9th March.
We spoke to Danny to find out more about what it was like performing a play to an empty auditorium …
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TBB Talks to ... Alycia Pascual-Peña Star of Netflix's Moxie
Alycia Pascual-Pena rose to fame when she secured the part of Aisha Garcia in Peacock TV’s reboot of Saved By The Bell.
This year, Pascual-Pena makes her feature film debut as Lucy Hernandez in Amy Poehler’s new film Moxie. Based on the bestselling book by Jennifer Mathieu, Moxie is a feminist chick flick for the twenty-first century that follows Vivian (played by Hadley Robinson), a shy 16-year-old, who finds inspiration from her mother’s rebellious past and anonymously publishes a zine that sparks a school-wide, coming-of-rage revolution.
We spoke to Alycia to get the inside scoop on just how much of the film was improvised and what it was like working on set with such a strong female cast…
Moxie is available to watch on Netflix now.
TBB Talks to ... Kyla Frye
Kyla Frye is an award-winning actress and filmmaker who is also the founder of Fryeday Entertainment production company. With a breakout role in Noel Clarke's West 10 LDN the BBC adaptation of Courttia Newland's (Small Axe) book Society Within - Frye's versatility has allowed her to bring about three short films that have received critical acclaim - showbiz documentary, “The Key”, Amazon Prime crime caper, “Double Cross” and mental health awareness film, “Faces”.
Recently she joined forces with filmmaker Mo Ali to co-produce his unique interconnected film “Breathe”. Told in four parts Breathe is written by four Black British writers; Sheila Nortley, Robert Bertrand, D’Marie Dowe, and Miles Mitchell and features the best in Black British acting talent.
We spoke to Kyla about navigating the industry whilst managing career expectations, depression anxiety, and being a wife and mother of two.
Find out more about Breathe
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TBB Talks to ... Tom Moutchi
Tom Moutchi's most recent milestone is being announced as ‘Anthony’ a teacher at a PRU in BBC THREE’s new comedy-drama PRU (Pupil Referral Unit).
At this stage of his career, Tom is all too familiar with the attention brought on by fame. From his teenage years in Peckham as an internet sensation to the set of big-budget blockbusters (The Hustle), Tom has appeared on our laptops, phones, and TV screens for the last 10 years as one of his many characters (Drilly T, Tommy Xpensive, etc) and sketches (Famalam). Not forgetting his work on the stage in the critically acclaimed Barbershop Chronicles
On this episode of TBB Talks, Tom came as himself; the raw, honest, and vulnerable creative that we often only get a chance to see when the cameras stop rolling
In the enlightening conversation, Tom spoke in-depth about the future of comedy, his role as a mentor to young talent, and the strength he draws from his faith.
PRU airs on BBC Three | BBC iPlayer Tuesday 2nd March 2021
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TBB Talks to O-T Fagbenle
We spoke to British Nigerian actor, writer, director O-T Fagbenle, back in February 2020 pre-Lockdown.
At the time he was filming season 4 of The Handmaid's Tale where he continues his role as Luke, Offred's husband and father of her daughter pre-Gilead. He'd just been announced as Rick Mason in Marvel's Black Widow and he was getting ready for the release of his Channel 4 comedy show Maxxx which he wrote, exec-produced, and starred in.
Because of lockdown Maxxx's release was pushed at the latter end of 2020 - available to watch via https://www.channel4.com/programmes/maxxx (Channel 4 )
The Handmaid's Tale season 4 is complete and will air April 28th 2021 on Hulu
Marvel's Black Widow will be released (hopefully in cinemas) May 7th 2021
TBB Talks to ... Nicky Bedu Co-Founder of Fully Focused Productions
With over 15years film and TV experience under his belt, Nicky Bedu is the co-founder of Fully Focused Productions, the production company renowned for having its finger on the pulse of the UK's up and coming filmmaking talent.
With their offshoot YouTube platform Million Youth Media (MYM Media) racking up millions of views on their content which showcases work from underrepresented young filmmakers, Nicky and his co-founding partner Teddy Nygh and their team are gearing up for big things this year.
Fully Focused Productions is one of three organisations that will benefit from Netflix's 350k investment into organisations that work with underrepresented groups.
We spoke to Nicky to find out MYM's plans to double the amount of youth they work with and how being sent to live in South Africa sparked his career in production ...