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The Culture Reel is a new platform and outlet created to fill the ‘diversity’ gap in film criticism and journalism in the UK.

Hosted by two black British women – a film scholar (@abifilms) and a film enthusiast (@trakisanya), who have a passion for cinema, TV box sets and pop culture and an impressive wealth of film and industry knowledge – the show offers a new viewpoint and narrative to film reviews and criticism, the industry, and social/current affairs, providing the world a perspective not often heard.

Covering movie reviews from the latest releases and anything relevant in the movie industry, such as trailers, upcoming projects, movies in development, classic/old school must see flicks, themed genre episodes, sprinkled with giggles and some general lighthearted informative and entertaining chit-chat, and a few engaging guests, to discuss the industry and provide practical advice and tips.

Get in touch with us via email or on social media; recommend a film for us to watch/review or send in your thoughts and comments... grab some popcorn and get involved.


**Music: Shaolin Dub - Found

The Culture Reel The Culture Reel

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

The Culture Reel is a new platform and outlet created to fill the ‘diversity’ gap in film criticism and journalism in the UK.

Hosted by two black British women – a film scholar (@abifilms) and a film enthusiast (@trakisanya), who have a passion for cinema, TV box sets and pop culture and an impressive wealth of film and industry knowledge – the show offers a new viewpoint and narrative to film reviews and criticism, the industry, and social/current affairs, providing the world a perspective not often heard.

Covering movie reviews from the latest releases and anything relevant in the movie industry, such as trailers, upcoming projects, movies in development, classic/old school must see flicks, themed genre episodes, sprinkled with giggles and some general lighthearted informative and entertaining chit-chat, and a few engaging guests, to discuss the industry and provide practical advice and tips.

Get in touch with us via email or on social media; recommend a film for us to watch/review or send in your thoughts and comments... grab some popcorn and get involved.


**Music: Shaolin Dub - Found

    S5 E035 "Underground Railroad Special with Thuso Mbedu & Aaron Pierre"

    S5 E035 "Underground Railroad Special with Thuso Mbedu & Aaron Pierre"

    We’re back and kicking off with a THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD special episode, with Tolu delving into the film with a nearly spoiler-free review of the fantastic 10-part Amazon Prime series and interviews two of the stars, Emmy-Nominated actress, Thuso Mbedu, and British actor, Aaron Pierre about their thoughts on the show, how they mentally processed working on such a powerful yet brutal story and working with Barry Jenkins.

    Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad follows Cora (Thuso Mbedu) desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping a Georgia plantation for the rumoured Underground Railroad, Cora discovers it’s no metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Over the course of her journey, Cora is pursued by a bounty hunter fixated on bringing her back to the plantation she escaped; especially since her mother Mabel is the only runaway he has never caught.

    I tend to stay away from Black pain narratives and stories, however, I was very intrigued by this! With a critically acclaimed book and a visual craftsman, I knew this one wouldn’t be like the rest, and it isn’t! This was a hard watch at times, it’s harrowing, powerful and brutal but was so wonderfully and beautifully made.

    5/5 ⠀⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    The Underground Railroad premieres this Friday 14 May exclusively on Prime Video @primevideouk

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    • 34 min
    S4 Ep034 “London Film Festival 2020 Reviews (PT1) and African Apocalypse Interviews"

    S4 Ep034 “London Film Festival 2020 Reviews (PT1) and African Apocalypse Interviews"

    As London Film Festival closes, Tolu looks back at navigating her way through her first virtual film festival and the films she watched (and, sadly, didn’t get round to watching).

    In this episode Tolu reviews:

    Honeymood ★★★★
    Mogal Mogli ★★★★
    Farewell Amor ★★★
    and African Apocalypse ★★★

    she also interviews British-Nigerian poet and activist Femi Nylander and Producer/Director Rob Lemkin ahead of the UK release of African Apocalypse, to discuss what they discovered during their journey creating the documentary, and exploration of France’s brutal colonisation of Niger, the process of creating this film, the importance of educating and knowledge about Africa’s history and more.

    • 55 min
    S4 E033 "Miss Juneteenth SPECIAL"

    S4 E033 "Miss Juneteenth SPECIAL"

    !!! NEW EPISODE ALERT !!!

    In our MISS JUNETEENTH special episode, @trakisanya review’s the fantastic film and interviews writer and director Channing Godfrey Peoples.

    Miss Juneteenth, follows single mom, Turquoise Jones (Nicole Beharie), is who is trying to hold down a household, a rebellious teenager, multiple jobs at a funeral home and at Wayman’s BBQ & Lounge, love life with her estranged husband (Kendrick Sampson), her mother and all else that life has to offer. Turquoise is also a former beauty queen, and was once crowned Miss Juneteenth - a title commemorating the day slaves in Texas were freed – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. However life didn’t quite turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her many wrong decisions, tries to get her teenage daughter, Kai (Alexis Chikaeze) to become the next Miss Juneteenth to help her find a way out of the struggle, but Kai wants something else.

    Tolu delves into the film a bit more with a nearly spoiler-free review, and she also talks to the film’s writer and director Channing Godfrey Peoples.


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    • 41 min
    S4 Ep032 "ROCKS Special"

    S4 Ep032 "ROCKS Special"

    This is our ROCKS Special episode!

    Listen in to this special episode as we give a brief spoiler-free review of ROCKS and interview the starring cast Bukky Bakray and Kosar Ali, and crew, co-writer Theresa Ikoko and director Sarah Gavron.

    ROCKS is finally released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland today 18 September, after being pushed back due to Covid-19 pandemic/lockdown.

    Crafted by an all-female creative team, ROCKS was written by Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson and directed by Sarah Gavron (Suffragette, Brick Lane). The lead cast features Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes, Tawheda Begum, Anastasia Dymitrow, Afi Okaidja and D’angelou Osei Kissiedu. ROCKS is a Fable Pictures production. Funded by Film 4 and the BFI, in association with Altitude Film Entertainment.



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    • 47 min
    S4 Ep031 "She Dies Tomorrow, I Used To Go Here & Real Reviews and Interview withAki Omoshaybi"

    S4 Ep031 "She Dies Tomorrow, I Used To Go Here & Real Reviews and Interview withAki Omoshaybi"

    In this episode we review SHE DIES TOMORROW, I USED TO GO HERE and REAL and we interview to actor, writer & director Aki Omoshaybi.

    We cover a few indies across a range of genres, including a messy adult-slash-nostaliga theme and one emo-sci-fi-comedy-horror. Have a listen to find out more.

    We also speak to Aki about his filmmaking process as a first time director, being tenacious in the film industry, why he wouldn't move to the US in search of fame and why it was important to portray Black people as 3D and multidimensional.


    REAL is released in cinemas and online on 11 September, more info at https://buff.ly/2R6OljR

    I USED TO GO HERE is available on Digital HD 14th September

    SHE DIES TOMORROW is available on Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player and Digital Download 28 August

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    #real #realfilm #realfeaturefilm #akiomoshaybi #pippabennettwarner #karenbryson #amymanson #britishfilm #strongblacklead #blacklove #blackfilmmakers #blackcreatives #trailer #trailers #comingsoon

    • 48 min
    S4 Ep029 Mini-sode: "Chadwick Boseman: Our Tribute To A King"

    S4 Ep029 Mini-sode: "Chadwick Boseman: Our Tribute To A King"

    After hearing of the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman - the iconic 'Black Panther' actor - who died at the age of 43, after a four-year battle with colon cancer, we wanted to say a few words.

    Abi does a great job capturing how so many of us are feeling after hearing this news, how Chadwick impacted so many of our lives (without even realising it) and why his death has affected us so deeply.


    Check out our 🔗 Linktree - linktr.ee/theculturereel - for more.
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    • 11 min

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7 Ratings

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