In the latest instalment of our Birdbox.Film Club panel discussions, we wanted to tackle the subject of diversity in the media.
We have seen a wealth of new initiatives springing up from organisations and content creators in hopes of balancing out the disparities identified to improve diversity and inclusion within the creative sectors. However, we wanted to get to the root of whether real change is finally happening and discuss what more can & needs to be done to push forward and ensure everyone has a voice!
Femi Oyeniran is a Nigerian-British actor and director who started his career in the cult classics Kidulthood and Adulthood. His first feature film as a director “It’s A Lot” was released theatrically in 2013.Oyeniran’s second movie The Intent peaked at number 3 on the iTunes Movie Chart and opened to sold out cinemas. It was funded, shot and distributed completely independently. The prequel The Intent 2: The Come Up (co-written, produced & directed alongside Nicky Slimting Walker) opened as the No. 1 film in several of the UK’s biggest cinemas. Femi also produces and hosts an online panel chat show and podcast called Cut The Chat with his friends DJ Ace, Damon the barber and comedian Littleman. In addition, Femi has delivered a series of workshops to young people in Young Offenders Institutions. In 2014 Femi was invited to give a TEDxParliament Talk on the theme of democracy, which was inspired by his extensive work with young offenders. www.primetime.network. Fredi Nwaka is an award winning writer, director and producer as well as a successful actor from the UK with numerous credits to his name. He has worked along side numerous actors including Peter Andre, Lady Leshurr, Ashley Walters, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, Brenda Blethyn, Danny Dyer, Vanessa Feltz to name a few. As a writer he has several films under his slate and also has his own award-winning production company called Are We Dead Yet Ltd as well as Non For Profit organisation called Blackademy Enterprise CIC which works with young people and ex offenders, steering them away from violent crime and gang culture through TV and Film.