Screen Nation Awards 2014

Screen Nation Awards 2014 – Review

Star rating: **

Park Plaza Riverside Hotel

Westminster

London SE1

Sunday 23rd February 2014

The 9th annual Screen Nation Awards 2014 took place in the plush surroundings of the Park Plaza Riverside hotel in central London, a stone’s throw away from the Houses of Parliament.

The awards celebrate the leading professionals of African Diaspora heritage from the UK and overseas. Pre-show networking soiree was a real joy as the Tiemo Talk of the Town team got to mix and mingle with stars of screen, stage, not just in film and TV, but comedians and musicians were present too. John Simmit, Judith Jacob, Chucky Venn and Screen Nation Founder Charles Thompson MBE were just some of the dignitaries the Tiemo team got to speak to on the night. Ed Vaizey MP and UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, was also present. It was also great to meet with fellow bloggers, journalists and photographers.

The Tiemo team met and interviewed film makers, Shanice Lindsay, Elizabeth Obisanya and Stephen Lloyd Jackson. We also interviewed actor G Benga Akinnnagbe from New York, (who starred in ‘The Wire’ and is currently shooting a new series of hit show ‘24’), Holby City’s Jimmy Akingbola, plus former Eastender’s stars Chucky Venn and Cornell S John, who played Sam James (Ava Hartman’s ex and young Dexter Hartman’s father).

Judith Jacob, John Simmit and Mr Cee collected the Edric Connor award for comedy posthumously given to the late Felix Dexter.

Cornell S John and John Simmit

Cornell S John and John Simmit

Chucky Venn is currently starring in ‘Kingston 14’ at Theatre Royal Stratford East with Goldie until 26th April 2014 and he is also starring in ‘Method of Love.’

Profile of nominee Stephen Lloyd Jackson

Stephen Lloyd Jackson of SAR Productions is an innovative producer, director and writer and definitely one to watch for the future. His film ‘Sable Fable’ was nominated for the ‘Independent Spirit film production award’ at the Screen Nation Awards 2014.

Before focusing on ‘Sable Fable’ it is worth sharing that Jackson has produced and directed “David is Dying” a film which  has received no less than 8 international film awards and was nominated for ‘Best Independent Spirit Award” ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Director’ at the 2013 Screen Nation Awards.

The character David (in ‘David is Dying’) has contracted HIV and is dying. He seeks help from a psychiatrist to make sense of his situation but the story has a twist, as whilst in therapy the challenges and complexities of his relationship with partner Carla are explored.

The film was influenced by Sigmund Freud’s Oedipus Complex; the desire that a male child unconsciously  has for his mother; in this case David’s desire for his mother and possible reasons for his unstable relationship with  “Carla”. It definitely is interesting and illustrates that talent of the man behind SAR Productions.

Jackson’s latest creation “Sable Fable” is a racial social thriller whose main character is James Williams a blogger (played by James Barnes). The film considers how the lives of four couples  are intertwined as a result of unfortunate circumstances. It’s about love race and psychology.

Film makers

Shanice Lindsay

The talented Shanice Lindsay of Platinum Cat Productions has produced 3 films to date; Choices, Surviving in da Hood and a documentary on the 2011 riots. Currently Shanice is working on a new dating show called Suave Dating, where the focus is to find compatible partners of Black African/Caribbean  descent. The show will be held at Cottons Restaurant and Night Club on a weekly basis from 17thMarch 2014 and is to be filmed for future TV Broadcast.  If you are interested in becoming a contestant contact Tiemo and we will put you in touch.

Elizabeth Obisanya

Elizabeth graduated 10 years ago from Goldsmith College with an MA in screen play writing. Elizabeth is a producer and director, known for It Was Further Enacted (2011), Magda’s Lesbian Love – MLL (2013) and A Novela das 8 (2011). Elizabeth has also written a screenplay called ‘Cashback’ which was allegedly nominated for an Oscar!

Pamela Darko

Class is something that does not take too much effort to create if you are stylish and can carry yourself elegantly. This was my perception of the lovely Pamela Darko, so when she introduced herself as previous beauty pageant for Miss Ghana UK I was not surprised. Pamela has a background in media and currently works for Akwaaba Productions (pageantry industry) as a photographer. She states that the ethos of the organisation is “To help propel young women who are educated and talented to achieve their dreams”. Well Pamela can personally testify to that fact as she has progressed in the company! It is great to see young people focused and determined.

We look forward to seeing films in future which reflect the talent of black people, be they past productions or future projects.

The Ceremony

Unfortunately Tiemo Talk of the Town are unable to comment on the ceremony itself as for some strange reason, media were not granted access to watch the awards. We were only informed of this on the evening of the event.

It was like being invited to cover a football match, being allowed to meet the players beforehand, but not watch the match!! That is extremely poor form to say the least, especially as the ceremony started two hours late and all (bar a few) media gathered, who had waited such a long time for the event to commence, did not get to see it.

Judith Jacob

Judith Jacob

This was a real shame as the build up was terrific and although it over ran, the excitement and buzz was tangible. It would have been better to keep the pre-show element shorter, have the awards start and finish earlier, then continue with the networking, party and interview element post awards ceremony. That way the media get to interview the winners and runners up, as opposed to “nominees.”

Anyway, I’m sure these are matters the organiser’s will attend to next time.

© Tiemo Talk of the Town

The winners and nominees – 2014 Screen Nation awards

List of Winners:

HONORARY & MAJOR AWARDS

Classic Movie award is awarded to DO THE RIGHT THING

Classic TV (Intl.) is awarded to THE COSBY SHOW

Classic TV (UK) is awarded to DESMOND’S

The Edric Connor Inspiration is awarded to FELIX DEXTER (Posthumously)

Outstanding Contribution to African Arts is presented to GOVERNER GODSWILL AKAPBIO

Outstanding Contribution award is presented to BILL DUKE

UK SCREENCRAFT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Diversity in Factual Production

In the Shadow of the Sun – BBC4

Bad 25 – BBC2

Burma: My Father and the Forgotten Army – BBC2

First Amongst Equals: The Laurie Cunningham Story – ITV1    WINNER

The Cruel Cut – C4

Martin Luther King and the March on Washington – BBC2

Diversity in Drama Production

Dancing on the Edge – BBC2

Death in Paradise – BBC1

Holby City – BBC2

Luther – BBC1

Run – C4       WINNER

Top Boy – C4

Youngers C4

 

Independent Spirit Film Production

Fedz – Top Dog

Gone Too Far – Destiny Ekaragha      WINNER

It’s a Lot – Femi Oyeniran & Darwood

Grace Sable Fable – Stephen Lloyd Jackson

The Fade – Andy Mundy-Castle

 

Favourite Black Channel

PUBLIC VOTING

ABN TV         WINNER

BEN TV

Nollywood Movies

The Africa Channel

Vox Africa

 

Favourite International Movie (made by or starring British talent)

PUBLIC VOTING

12 Years a Slave         WINNER

House at the End of the Street

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

The Butler

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL SCREEN AWARDS

PUBLIC VOTING

 

Favourite Nigerian (New Nollywood) Film (Released in Nigeria and/or premiered in UK/Online) PUBLIC VOTING

Amina

Confusion Na Wa

Flower Girl           WINNER

Hoodrush

Onye Ozi

Tango with Me

Turning Point

 

Favourite Female African Intl. Rising Screen Talent

PUBLIC VOTING

Adepero Oduye (USA/Nigeria) – 12 Years A Slave/Steel Magnolias/Pariah

Damilola Adegbite (Nigeria) – Flower Girl

Danai Gurira (USA/Zimbabwe) – The Walking Dead, Mother of George

Linda Ejiofor (Nigeria) – The Meeting

Lupita Nyong’o (USA/Kenya) – 12 Years A Slave, Shuga     WINNER

 

Favourite Male African Intl. Rising Screen Talent

PUBLIC VOTING

Alex Ekubo (Nigeria)       WINNER

Anthony Monjaro (Nigeria)

Chris Attoh (Ghana)

Femi Jacobs (Nigeria)

Joseph Benjamin (Nigeria)

OC Ukeje (Nigeria)

 

Best African Film

B for Boy Nigeria – Chika Anadu, Nigeria/UK

Half of A Yellow Sun – Biyi Bandele, Nigeria/UK     WINNER

Mother of George – Andrew Dosunmu, Nigeria/USA

Nairobi Half Life – David Kitonga, Kenya/Germany

Of Good Report – Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, South Africa

 

UK SCREEN AWARDS

 

Rising Talent

AJ Odudu – Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother, Big Brother’s, Bit on the Psych

Ben Bailey Smith aka Doc Brown – 4 O’Clock Club

Gary Carr – Death in Paradise, Downton Abbey, Bluestone 42

Javone Prince – PhoneShop, Plebs, Quick Cuts     WINNER

Kane Robinson aka Kano – Top Boy

Karla Crome – Misfits, Prisoners Wives, Lightfields

 

Young Shooting Star (16-25)

Ade Oyefeso – Youngers, Misfits

Adelayo Adedayo – Some Girls, Gone Too Far     WINNER

Calvin Demba – Youngers,

Khali Best – Eastenders

Khalil Madovi – 4 O’Clock Club

Shavani Seth – Youngers

 

Favourite Female TV Star

PUBLIC VOTING

AJ Odudu – Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother, Big Brother’s, Bit on the Psych

Alesha Dixon – Britain’s Got Talent, Your Face Sounds Familiar

Chizzy Akudolu – Holby City      WINNER

Natalie Gumede – Strictly Come Dancing

Zawe Ashton – Fresh Meat, Case Histories

 

Favourite Male TV Star

PUBLIC VOTING

Ashley Walters – Top Boy, Truckers

Cornel John – Eastenders

Jimmy Akingbola – Holby         WINNER

Nonso Anozie – Dracula, The Bible, Game of Thrones

Patrick Robinson – Casualty, Strictly Come Dancing

Wil Johnson – Emmerdale

 

Female Performance in Film

Naomie Harris – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Skyfall   WINNER

Rakie Ayola – Dredd, Now will Do

Shanika Warren-Markland – Gone too Far, The Knot

Sophie Okonedo – After Earth

Thandie Newton – Half of a Yellow Sun

 

Male Performance in Film

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, Best Laid Plans

Aml Ameen – The Butler

Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave    WINNER

David Oyelowo – The Butler,

Idris Elba – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

 

Female Performance in TV

Angel Coulby – Dancing on the Edge, The Tunnel

Lorraine Burroughs – Ice Cream Girls, Top Boy

Nikki Amuka-Bird – Luther

Nina Sosanya – Last Tango in Halifax, Wizards vs. Aliens

Sharon Duncan Brewster – Top Boy, The Bible, The Mimic   WINNER

Zawe Ashton – Fresh Meat, Case Histories

 

Male Performance in TV

Ashley Walters – Truckers, Top Boy

Chiwetel Ejiofor – Dancing on the Edge

David Oyelowo – Complicit

Idris Elba – Luther                 WINNER

Jimmy Akingbola – Holby City

Lennie James – Run, The Walking Dead, (Low Winter Sun)

Nonso Anozie –Dracula, The Bible, Game of Thrones

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3 Responses to Screen Nation Awards 2014

  1. john says:

    Great review, most people who are talented benefit from excellent exposure, getting well earned rewards/Awards and the support of team work and others ALWAYS!

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  3. Tiemo Talk says:

    Thanks for the compliment John. I don’t agree with your comment with respect to Black actors and directors. That’s why we have these awards, including our Black Comedy Awards, because too many talented actors, comedians and film directors are being overlooked by the mainstream. It’s been sad to see the struggle that Black films have had getting shown in UK cinema’s this year such as Dear White People, Looking for Love and 3.5 Minutes, 10 Bullets, to name but three films.

    Hopefully breakthrough movies like The Perfect Guy (possibly referring to me LoL), Straight Outta Compton and the War Room will change that and make UK cinema’s realise African-American and African-British films deserve a wider release in Britain.

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