In Early 2019 I will present a BEYOND NOLLYWOOD short film mash-up at the London College of Communication Reel Lives Festival 21 January – 13 February. I will also make a presentation titled BEYOND NOLLYWOOD: A New Cinematic Voice at the Berlinale Africa Hub at EFM on 10 February.
2018/2019 sees my involvement once again with the BBC Arabic Film Festival where I judge the Short Film category. I will also continue to support veteran curator June Givanni with the roll out of her Pan-African archive installation.
In 2018 I curated a third edition of BEYOND NOLLYWOOD for the 47th International Film Festival of Rotterdam and a Nigerian shorts programme I JUST DEY OBSERVE at the British Film Institute (August). I JUST DEY OBSERVE went on to feature at the ENCOUNTERS Film Festival.
BEYOND NOLLYWOOD takes inspiration from my book The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Beyond Nollywood. The guide presents an overview of the Nigerian film industry, looking beyond Nollywood and encompassing genres such as documentary, animation and Nigerian diaspora films. It lays out the framework for the future of the industry.
In 2017, I co-produced Shooting it Like a Woman a BBC World Service Radio documentary looking at the fortunes of women behind the camera in the Nigerian film industry. It was featured as part of the BBC’s 100 Women Series. Additionally, I curated the British Council's UK/Nigeria Film Connections programme. A showcase of UK films were screened at the Africa International Film Festival (November). Other activities over the year included films reviews on BBC Radio 4 about the work of Ousmane Sembene, Jafar Panahi and Rungano Nonyi. At the Institute of Contemporary Arts I hosted two events – a rare screening of Ousmane Sembene's legendary film Black Girl and Norwegian filmmaker Torstein Grude’s Mogadishu Soldier.
In 2016, I curated a second edition of BEYOND NOLLYWOOD as part of the BLACK STAR season at the BFI Southbank. It was a programme of international Nigerian Cinema from arthouse to documentary, animation and experimental films.
I have been featured on CNN, BBC World Service and BBC London News. I have spoken at events which include, The Battle of Ideas Festival, Houses of Parliament (Africa All Party Parliamentary Group), Sheffield Doc Fest, BFI Talent Net.work Wales, University of the Arts, Cannes Film Festival and Judge Business School Cambridge.
I have worked on the release of the multi-award winning films such as Timbutu, The Supreme Price and Viva Riva! Film Africa, Brazilian Film Festival of London and the Islington Black History Month Programme are events I have managed the Marketing& PR campaigns for.
In 2011, I wrote my first book The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Finance Market and Distribute Your Film. The book contains extensive good practice interviews with key filmmakers and decision makers in the UK film industry.
I formally entered the industry in 2004 when I curated Black Filmmaker (bfm) Film Club at the Institute of Contemporary Arts managing it for 7 years.
I am additionally an official African Heritage Tour Guide at the V&A and deliver regular tours in the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries. The 60-minute free tour offers an interpretation of the African presence in 17th and 18th century European art.
I grew up in a Jamaican household in the UK. I studied Modern History at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. I am a member of BAFTA. When not working on film projects I work in the City.