I have been working in the film industry for 15 years primarily as a Curator, Audience Development Specialist and Author. Over the course of my career I have worked with film venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and British Film Institute (BFI) to introduce a more diverse audience and programme of events. In recent years I have turned my attention to the thriving Nigerian film industry and coined the term BEYOND NOLLYWOOD to refer to New Wave Nigerian Cinema.
- 2020 Facilitated a BEYOND NOLLYWOOD industry panel at London Short Film Festival (January). Will lead on Film Africa Industry programme later this year (November).
- 2019 saw my participation with a number of international film festivals. I acted as a judge for BBC Arabic Film Festival and a shorts screener for Tribeca Film Festival. I presented BEYOND NOLLYWOOD both at the Berlinale Africa Hub and Lights, Camera, Africa Film Festival in Lagos. For the first time I also acted as an academic supervisor with London Film School. Throughout the year I supported veteran curator June Givanni with her Pan-African Cinema archive.
- In 2018 I curated BEYOND NOLLYWOOD for the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and presented a selection of BEYOND NOLLYWOOD shorts at the British Film Institute. This programme went on to feature at the ENCOUNTERS Film Festival.
- 2017 saw meco-produce 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 theBBC’s 100 Women Series. Additionally, I curated the British Council’s UK/Nigeria Film Connections programme. A showcase of UK films were screened and filmmaker workshops facilitated at the Africa International Film Festival. Other activities over the year included films reviews on BBC Radio 4 about the work of OusmaneSembene, JafarPanahi and RunganoNonyi. At the ICA I hosted a rare screening of OusmaneSembene’s legendary film Black Girl.
- In 2016, I curated BEYOND NOLLYWOOD as part the BFI BLACK STAR season. It was an unprecedented 3-day programme of international Nigerian Cinema from arthouse to documentary, animation and experimental films.
- During 2014 – 2015 I produced, South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour, a collaboration between the leading UK African film festivals such as Film Africa, Africa in Motion and Afrika Eye. This BFI Funded programme was host at over 100 venues and events across the UK.
- From 2011 – 2015 I curated Islington Borough Council’s Black History Month film programme at King’s Place.
- In 2014 I released my second publication The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: BEYOND NOLLYWOOD.In 2011, I wrote my first book The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Finance Market and Distribute Your Film. Both books serve as cultural specific guides that look at how filmmakers can best finance, market, distribute their films. They offer an alternative perspective on the respective UK and Nigerian film industries.
My work 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, University of the Arts, Cannes Film Festival and Judge Business School Cambridge.
I have worked on the UK release of the multi-award winning films such as Timbutu, The Supreme Price and Viva Riva!coming up with innovative audience engagement strategies.Film Africa and Brazilian Film Festival of London are festivals I have managed the Marketing& PR campaigns for.
I formally entered the industry in 2004 when I curated Black Filmmaker (bfm) Film Club at the ICA managing it for 7 years. I directed the 2008 and 2009 of the bfm International Film Festival.
I am an official African Heritage Guide at the V&A and deliver regular tours in the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries. The tour offers an interpretation of the African presence in baroque, rococo and neoclassical art.
I grew up in a Jamaican household in the UK. I studied Modern History at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. I hold qualifications in photography and Life Coaching. I am a member of BAFTA. When not engaged on film projects I work in the City.