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Black Brits need to support black filmmakers

OUTSPOKEN: British director Q in a scene from his new film Fedz

BRITISH FILM director Q says that black people in Britain are failing to support homegrown black filmmakers.

The director, who released his action thriller Deadmeat in 2007 says the “challenge” black directors face is not a lack of support from the film industry, but a lack of support from black audiences.

“It is normal for the [film] industry to fund their own people, people that look like them, because they want to see themselves on the screen and TV,” says Q, who recently released his new film, Fedz, in which he also stars.

“The biggest challenge we face is the black audience, they don’t support their own film-makers. That is more of a challenge.”

The filmmaker, who has set up his own internet channel to allow audiences to watch Fedz online – at a cost of just 66p – feels black Brits need to be more proactive in championing black-interest productions.

“My white contemporaries’ audiences come out and support their films. But black UK audiences seem to be comatose. They are sitting in front of the TV not seeing themselves, but they keep watching? Why?”

He adds: “If we support our industry like African people support Nollywood, then we will get there.”

Read the full exclusive interview with Q in the next issue of The Voice, out this Thursday (May 2). For more information on Fedz, visit www.fedzmovie.com

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