NEWS: Inspired Takeover 2023

This year’s Inspired Takeover is an action-packed one-day event with screenings, talks and previews to celebrate homegrown filmmakers of colour from across the country.

Words and Images: Cables & Cameras, @cablescameras

Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker trying to find your path into the industry, an established creative interested in finding ways to develop your practice, or are interested in discovering films by some of the most exciting creative talent out there, there’s something for everyone.

Featuring contributions from rising stars of the indie film scene the Williams brothers AKA Mandem collective, Dominique Unsworth from Resource Productions, plus a special preview of new feature film Chevalier – which opens at Watershed on Fri 9 June. Chevalier is a biographical drama of 18th century French-Caribbean musical prodigy Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

New Voices – 13:00

Join us for an exciting showcase of new short films from emerging UK-based PoC and Black British filmmakers. These curated films will explore the latest works from the innovative creatives breaking boundaries and forging the future of PoC filmmaking across the UK.

  • Reflection from Pamela Drameh
  • Drop out from Ade Femzo
  • Abdul from Samuel Adeoye
  • Got Game from Shane Gentles
  • Ancestors Mewn Golau from Onismo Muhlanga
  • Dearlove, Leeds from Ndrika Anyika

Join us after the showcase for a Q&A with Ade Femzo, Producer of the award-winning Drop Out, with host Junior Saunders. There will also be an opportunity for audience members and filmmakers to socialise after the screening.

Masterclass – 15:00

Dominique Unsworth MBE kicks proceedings off with a masterclass on ‘How to Build Your Production Company’. After a busy year – Unsworth took her latest feature film ‘Little English’ on a national tour – the masterclass will explore the different ways of setting up a production company from an expert in the field.

Mid20s – 16:30

Then, catch the premiere of the Williams brothers’ latest film, ‘Mid20s’ – a spiritual epilogue to ‘Last Summer in Oxford’. The film takes place over twenty-four hours in London and follows a variety of twenty-somethings as they navigate their way through a day in the capital.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with actor Scott Bayliss, hosted by Bristol Black Horror Club’s Adam Murray.


Homegrown – 18:00

Next up is Homegrown Filmmaker’s Journey which will include the Bristol premiere of BFI NETWORK-supported short film ‘Homegrown’ and an exclusive opportunity to hear from the SW-based filmmakers Corinne Walker and Sophie Freeman. Join us after the screening for a Q&A with Corrine Walker and Sophie Freeman, hosted by Bristol Black Horror Club’s Adam Murray.


Preview: Chevalier – 19:30

Director : Stephen Williams
Cast : Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton
Details : 108 mins, 2022, USA
Primary language : English

Chevalier is the untold true story of composer Joseph Bologne, and how he defied racial norms to become the renowned musical genius known as Chevalier de Saint-Georges from Director Stephen Williams.

The illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, Bologne (Kelvin Harrison Jr. in a tour de force performance), rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, complete with an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton) herself and her court.
As French society faces revolution, Chevalier must choose where his true loyalties lie.

Join us after the film for a Q&A with Assistant Director, Anastasia Osei-Kuffour.


Cables & Cameras presents: INSPIRED23 at the Watershed Sat 3 June. Tickets are available here

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