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Award-winning film director joins Film London

Date posted: 09.08.2004

The award winning director John Akomfrah has joined the board of Film London, the strategic agency for film in the capital.

Akomfrah, a critically acclaimed film-maker has received awards for his feature films and documentary work including his directorial debut, the influential Handsworth Songs (1986) which garnered the prestigious John Grierson Award.

John Akomfrah’s lists of directorial credits include the biography of music legend Louis Armstrong, The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong, and a celebratory portrait of the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King – Days of Hope.  Akomfrah’s feature film work includes Testament, Who Needs a Heart and Speak Like a Child.

His most recent documentaries are Urban Soul: Stories on the Making of Modern R&B, Mariah Carey: The Billion Dollar Babe and Stan Tracey: The Godfather of British Jazz.

John Akomfrah is also Governor of the British Film Institute.

Sandy Lieberson, the chairman of Film London said: “We are very pleased and proud that John Akomfrah will be joining the board of Film London.  He is a distinguished filmmaker and shares our objectives to make Film London an open and inclusive organisation.  All board members welcome him.”

John Akomfrah will join the Film London Board of Governors, chaired by film-maker Sandy Lieberson and other members including Clare Binns (Director of City Screen), Will Clarke (Managing Director of Optimum Releasing), Tony Elliott (Chairman of the Time Out Group), David Martin (Chief Executive of the Production Guild of Great Britain), Lisbeth Savill (Head of Olswang Media) and Jeremy Thomas (Independent producer with Recorded Picture Company).

For further press information contact:
Ngaio Bowthorpe
T: 020 7387 3572
F: 020 7387 8788

Notes for editors:

Selected director’s filmography:

Handsworth Songs    (1986)
Testament      (1988)
Who Needs a Heart    (1991)
Seven Songs for Malcolm X   (1993)
Last Angel of History    (1995)
Martin Luther King: Days of Hope  (1997)
Speak Like a Child    (1998)
Riot       (1999)
Stan Tracey: The Godfather of British Jazz (2003)


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