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Afro Centric Films At The 2009 BFI London Film Festival

Tickets for this years Times London Film Festival went on sale to the public on Saturday, September 26th.

With over 100 films from over 40 different countries, the festival runs from Wednesday, October 14 till Thursday, 29 October.

Below you’ll find a list of Afro-Centric films at the festival. Highlights include:

Precious which is being hailed as this years Slumdog Millionaire having recently won at the Toronto Film Festival.  A strong pick for the Best Supporting Actress & Adapted Screenplay Awards at next years Oscars.

African film icon Souleymane Cissé’s new film Min Ye (Tell Me Who You Are).

A documentary on the life of music legend Bill Withers called Still Bill

London River set against the July 7th terrorist bombings of London; Shirley Adams which has a great performance from Denise Newman as a mother of a disabled child.

Award winning Shorts filmmaker Destiny Ekaragha new short Park; There’s new British film 1 Day set in Birmingham (and featured on Kush Blog) it’s billed as a ”Grime” Musical drama.

2009 London Film Festival in Full


Min Ye (Tell Me Who You Are)

Still Bill

Shirley Adams

Mugabe & The White African

London River

White Material

L’Absence (The Absence)

Behind The Rainbow

Les Feux de Mansaré (Fire of Mansare)

1 Day

Short Films
Me Broni Ba (My White Baby) October 25
Exception and The Rule

The Park October 26
London Calling

Fetch, One Last Time & X Returns October 17 & 20
I Fought The Law

One for the ladies: Idris Elba tweets his body to publicise new Brit film ‘Legacy’

Thomas Ikimi, director of Limbo (2004) and Legacy (2010)

This film is just what the UK black film industry needs. A talented black British director (Thomas Ikimi) collaborating with Idris Elba, the latest black actor to make it big in the States seemingly never to return to the UK scene. ‘Driis’ is executive producing and starring in this independent thriller, which began filming back in May and is due for release at some point in 2010.

The film also stars Eamonn Walker (Cadillac Records), Clarke Peters (The Wire, Marley and Me) and Monique Gabriela Curnen (The Dark Knight, Half Nelson).

Idris had this to say “I was really impressed by the script and I felt compelled to get involved and play the role of Malcolm. Thomas Ikimi is a visionary young director who I’m excited to be collaborating with. Moreover in my role as Executive Producer I am really involved with the Black Camel team and the decision making and excited about what we all want to achieve with our movie. I feel that the collaboration between Thomas Ikimi, Black Camel and myself is representative of how talented young filmmakers can take unique works to film festivals. We have our sights set on seeing this go all the way.”

Kush says bring it on, that’s exactly the kind of thing that we want to be hearing from you Idris.

Thomas Ikimi added “Film has been a fundamental part of my life for as long as I can remember. It’s fantastic to work with Idris on LEGACY. His commitment to his craft, and willingness to get involved with the shaping of this project, is great and is a collaboration that is very productive for me as an emerging filmmaker. It’s even more of a blessing to have such a fantastic array of talent involved on this film.”

Oh I almost forgot ladies, here’s the pic of Idris strutting his stuff on set while filming Legacy. He published it on his Twitter page  which can be viewed here.