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Black Hol­ly­wood: They’ve Gotta Have Us 9pm, BBC Two

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In this third and fi­nal in­stal­ment, di­rec­tor Si­mon Fred­er­ick’s ex­cel­lent over­view of the his­tory of black cin­ema in the West at­tempts to look ahead to the fu­ture for black film­mak­ers. Has the im­pact and suc­cess of main­stream hits like Black Pan­ther and the Os­car-win­ning Moon­light fi­nally brought an end to the no­tion that black ac­tors and di­rec­tors are some­how not bank­able? In­cluded is an ex­am­i­na­tion of the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of tal­ent in the UK, headed by di­rec­tors like Steve McQueen, and a wave of ac­tors in­clud­ing David Oyelowo and John Boyega.

You know, time was, the BBC would have com­ple­mented a se­ries like this with a care­fully cu­rated sea­son of movies, but that was back in the days when TV chan­nels had less time and re­sources.

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