AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The debate about the realism and violence in ’12 Years a Slave’

While showered with acclaim and awards, “12 Years a Slave” (2 nights ago it won 2 Bafta Awards-ed) has been criticised on a couple of counts. Film critic Armond White called it “torture porn” and accused McQueen of turning slavery into a “horror show”, and of confusing history with brutality, violence and misery. Another critic lamented the absence

Monday, January 27th, 2014

How to say Lupita Nyong’o

At the moment, everyone seems to be obsessed with the stunning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o. And for good reason. Her heart-wrenching performance in the film 12 Years a Slave has won her critical acclaim, while her humility...

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

A Season in the Congo

Political theatre isn’t just about depicting reality and expecting the audience to interpret it, coldly and rationally, as a call to some political action. That’s what Bertolt Brecht seemed to think anyway. “Political theatre,” he wrote, “must...

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Thandie Newton cast in film about Biafran War. Critics: she’s “bi-racial” and “not Igbo”

Zimbabwean-Brit actress Thandi Newton (credits: Crash, Mission Impossible ) choice as a female lead in the screen adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie's novel "Half of a Yellow Sun" has some people upset.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The Muslim American Slave

Steve McQueen is a talented film director.   He won awards for his feature “Hunger” about the death of an Irish political prisoner.  His next film “12 Years a Slave” tells the true-life story of Solomon Northop,...

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Fela Rolls On

Hot off the heels of Fela! The Musical’s phenomenal 11 Tony Award nominations comes the news (via Deadline New York) that Chiwetel Ejiofor is “formally attached” to play the lead in the Fela biopic slated for release...