Film

Amma Asante’s Drama About a Motswana-British Interracial Romance to Open the BFI Awards

Keep an eye out for Asante, Oyelowo and Moitheri Pheto at tne BFI Awards, which runs from Oct. 5-16 in London.

Film director Amma Asante is living up to her accolades from BAFTA for most promising newcomer for her debut "A Way of Life" and win for her second feature film "Belle," which Gugu Mbatha-Raw won best actress, at the British Independent Film Awards.


Variety reports, Asante has followed up these successes with a third, cause three’s a charm. Her upcoming film "A United Kingdom" has been selected to open the 60th British Independent Film Festival on Oct. 5 at the Odeon Leicester Square. Asante, born to Ghanaian parents who immigrated to London, is the first black woman to have her film open at the prestigious film festival. Yet, another example that 2016 is #PeakBlackGirlMagic.

"A United Kingdom," stars David Oyelowo (could this spell redemption for him after starring in major flop “Nina”?) along with Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl"). "Mandela" actress Moitheri "Terry" Pheto of South Africa, will also appear. Produced by Rick McCallum of  "Star Wars," it’s a drama based on a true story that focuses on King of Bechuanaland (present-day Botswana) Seretse Khama (Oyelowo) and his controversial interracial relationship with a London office worker, Ruth Williams (Pike), who he married in 1947, despite discouragement from their families and the British and South African governments.

Courtesy of Pathe via Variety

“It’s a great privilege that 'A United Kingdom' has been selected as the opening night film of the BFI London Film Festival,” Asante says, according to Variety. "The festival means a lot to me personally, having showcased my first film, ‘A Way of Life,’ here and been honored with the U.K. Film Talent Award. I’m a proud Londoner, and in 'A United Kingdom' we’ve been able to film in some of the most beautiful parts of the city as well as in the wonderful landscapes of Botswana."

Clare Stewart, London Film Festival director, adds, according to the film's press release: "Amma Asante’s 'A United Kingdom' is testament to a defiant and enduring love story that also reveals a complex, painful chapter in British history. We are proud to be opening the 60th BFI London Film Festival with a film of such contemporary relevance, one that celebrates the triumph of love and intelligence over intolerance and oppression, and that confirms Asante as a distinctive and important British filmmaker."

Asante, Oyelowo and Pike are slated to attend the LFF gala screening, which will serve as the European premiere for "A United Kingdom." So far, the film has distribution in the U.K. and France.

Keep an eye out for Asante, Oyelowo and Pheto at the BFI Awards, which runs from October 5 to 16 in London.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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