African Odysseys at the BFI in March: Nadia Denton, Sidney Poitier and more…

A great sounding event has come to my attention, and I’m delighted to give it a little plug here on PPH.

In the Blue Room down at London’s BFI Southbank on Saturday 17 March as part of actor Tim Reid’s Legacy Media Institute programme, Nadia Denton will introduce her book The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success – an indispensable volume which outlines funding, marketing and distribution opportunities for filmmakers. Denton, who is former director of the BFM International Film Festival – will take questions and be joined by special guests in an interactive morning session. The event, which kicks off at 11am, will be hosted by journalist Lisa Bent.

I interviewed Nadia last year for PPH, and if the great conversation we had is anything to go by, this is going to be an exceptional event. Tickets are only £3, are selling quick, and are available here.

That’s not all, though. Later in the day (in NFT1) comes a super-rare screening of Michael Audley’s 1957 drama The Mark Of The Hawk, starring the great Sidney Poitier as a rising nationalist leader Obam (that’s Obam), who struggles for his people’s freedom in the face of bloodthirsty colonials, disorganised Africans and a hot-headed brother. It’s a delightfully odd Technicolor curio, and will be introduced by Reid, with an accompanying short from his Legacy Media Institute programme. Click here to book tickets.

For the uninitiated, the BFI’s African Odysseys programme is a monthly strand dedicated to exploring, promoting and presenting cinema of the African disapora, regularly augmented by talks, Q&A’s and presentations. It’s long been an essential part of my cinema calendar, and I urge it to become part of yours too.

Here’s the trailer for The Mark Of The Hawk, to whet your appetite.

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