THE SCREEN Nation Foundation, the charitable arm of the Screen Nation Awards, has announced it will launch the UK’s first black film and television hall of fame, honouring individuals of African Caribbean heritage who have made extraordinary contributions on screen.
Veteran performer Earl Cameron CBE will be the first inductee when it is formally unveiled on October 23.
The Screen Nation Hall of Fame launch of will also coincide with Black History Month and BFI Black Star, the UK’s biggest ever celebration of black screen talent.
To mark the occasion, the legacy project will feature a masterclass style career talk with Cameron to discuss his inspiring 70-year career.
The 99-year-old, who has been acknowledged by many as one of the first African Caribbean screen actors to break the colour bar in the UK, has appeared in over 90 films and countless television productions.
Charles Thompson MBE, Chairman of Screen Nation Foundation said: “I am proud that the incredible legacy of the extraordinary contributions gifted by these outstanding veteran screen talents to the British film & TV industry can now finally be honoured through the hall of fame.”
The launch event marks the start of a series of hall of fame inductions to be held every six months over the coming years to honour some of the UK’s longstanding and oftentimes under-appreciated veteran black British stars of the screen.
Cameron will be interviewed and officially inducted at BFI Southbank by Brenda Emmanus, BBC News Arts Correspondent. There will also be a rare screening ofPool of London, the classic thriller that launched his career.
With the constant debate around the lack of diversity across mainstream media channels, Screen Nation said that it intends for the legacy created by these inductions to add value and honour to the British film and television landscape, while fully recognising the contributions by African Caribbean screen practitioners.
Further information about the Screen Nation Hall of Frame can be found on a dedicated website launching Sept 26 www.screennation.org