100 Black Screen Icons
Date posted: 31.05.2007
100 Black Screen Icons brings to light 100 of the most significant international Black personalities in film and television.
In the first ever online poll of its kind, the nominations list has been compiled with the help of an expert panel of practitioners from a variety of film and TV genres.
Spanning over 100 years and across the globe, the site features profiles of directors, actors, producers, writers, composers and others who have made a significant contribution to the development of the moving image, including:
- Ashley Walters
After working on TV dramas such as The Bill and Holby City, Ashley took on the lead role in Saul Dibbs’ feature film, Bullet Boy. Through this realistic performance he picked up the British Independent Film award for Best Newcomer. He then went on to work on a low budget short film, Cubs. This project was financed through PULSE, the Film London digital shorts scheme.
- Sophie Okonedo
She appeared in Clocking Off, Never Never (for which she earned a Royal Television Society Award nomination), and London-shot spy drama Spooks. From television, Sophie made a quick jump to film – starring in Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things and Hotel Rwanda (receiving a nomination from the Screen Actors Guild and Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress).
- John Akomfrah
He is best known for his work with the London-based media workshop Black Audio Film Collective, which he co-founded in 1982 with the objectives of addressing issues of Black British identity. John has been involved in the production of theatrical films, has directed many television programmes, has worked as a critic, and is currently a BFI Governor and a member of the Film London Board of Governors.
- Euzhan Palcy
The Images of Black Women Film Festival’s international patron, Euzhan Palcy, is also the first Black women to direct a major Hollywood film.
- Chiwetel Ejiofor
An acclaimed stage actor, he made a big impact on the cinema screen in Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things. BAFTA finally recognised Chiwetel in 2005 when they nominated him as a ‘Rising Star’ for his hilarious portrayal of the drag queen Lola in the comedy Kinky Boots.
- Nadine Marsh-Edwards
As a producer, Nadine has collaborated with some of British cinema's best-known directors on a number of seminal films. Her award-winning features include Gurinder Chadha's BAFTA-nominated feature Bhaji on the Beach and Isaac Julien's Young Soul Rebels. Nadine currently sits on the Film London Board of Governors.
The results from 100 Black Screen Icons will be announced at a special event at BFI Southbank in July. Make sure you cast your online vote before 29 June 2007.
Find out more about the 100 Black Screen Icons on the official website: www.100blackscreenicons.com.
This initiative was launched by Every Generation Media and the BFI, and is sponsored by the UK Film Council and the BBC.