Girls On Film / Ep 51: Black History Month Special - Queen & Slim + Farming, If Beale Street Could Talk and Time

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Critic and founder of The British Blacklist Akua Gyamfi and BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Victoria Thomas join Anna for a lively episode celebrating Black voices in film. Focusing on the powerful Queen & Slim, they praise the diversity of Black experiences presented on screen and discuss THAT sex scene. They further commend Melina Matsoukas’ skillful direction, consider Shiona Turini’s iconic costume choices, and explore the complexity of the character Queen, as played by Jodie Turner-Smith and penned by Lena Waithe. This inspires a dive into politics, class, the importance of Black-owned film companies, and the awards season. Pressing on, Akua shares her intimate connection to the film Farming and Victoria finds a filmmaking masterclass in If Beale Street Could Talk. Finally, they applaud the inspiring Black woman at the centre of the upcoming documentary Time. Beware of moderate Queen & Slim spoilers. Find all these films on Amazon Prime Video now. Other films mentioned: The Last Tree, Thelma & Louise, Parasite, Harriet. This episode is partnered with Amazon Prime Video. Become a patron of Girls on Film on Patreon here: Follow us on socials: Watch Girls On Film on the BFI’s YouTube channel: Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Producer: Jane Long. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Intern: Elliana Jay.