26 October 2012
Posted in Film
Second World Conference of Screenwriters takes place on 9 and 10 November
The Guild is gearing up for the biggest-ever international conference of screenwriters next month. The Second World Conference of Screenwriters will be held in Barcelona on 9 and 10 November.
The conference brings together more than 150 screenwriters and their representatives from more than 30 countries around the world to discuss issues of common interest with a focus on the impact of new technologies on the production and distribution of the stories we write.
Read more about the agenda and speaker on the World Conference blog
22 October 2012
Posted in Theatre
Writer and producer Ade Solanke on the African new wave
It’s made Afrobeats a global sensation and Nollywood the second largest film business in the world. Now the vitality and verve of Nigerian popular culture is set to burst onto the English cultural scene.
One day in August a friend tweeted, ‘D’Banj is playing on EastEnders,’ and I had to stand still for a moment to process the news. An African song on a British soap about the East End but with no African characters? What the Dickens?!
But if you’ve been paying attention, it’s no surprise really. More like the first gust onto these shores of a massive wind of change that’s blowing worldwide; a wind generated in Africa but equally propelled by the energies of the Afrospora – the African diaspora – especially its younger generation.
Afrosporans, Afropeans, Afro-Saxons. They live in London, New York, Paris, Munich, but are keen to connect with their roots as much as they are in - and into - western culture. The result? An explosion, a veritable renaissance of African culture, mashing up and remixing African, American and European influences.