Offending Angels, was shot in 1999. It was a British Film with two non-white leads, whereby no mileage was made of their skin-colour. Of all the reviews, only Eastern Eye saw what it was I was doing back then.
Greys Inbetween was another film, exploring identity and what it is to be a person of colour living in today’s Britain, shot across London in 2008.
After decades of lip service from the powers that be: the BBC’s, C4’s, BFI’s, Film Councils, etc, but precious little else, there may perhaps be signs of the green shoots of change. But the jury is still out..
To my mind, we shouldn’t be waiting for the Establishment to change, it’s very big, very cumbersome and change, if any, will happen slowly. It’s my belief that rather than knocking on the same few doors, joining the general clamour of everyone else in the industry and getting the same rejection, we need to be creating our own channels, our own studios, our own product, using our own revenue sources and our own crew, as has been proved worthwhile in the US.
Here are some pieces I have done concerning this wider conversation.