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Gugu Mbatha-Raw: ‘It’s an actor’s duty to help the culture to evolve’
From an LGBTQ+ romance in Black Mirror to the first woman of colour to win Miss World, the star is breaking down cultural barriers with her roles

Alex Godfrey

30, Nov, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Is the Favourite historically accurate?
The once stuffy genre has been given a reboot, with emotional truth as important as historical fidelity

Ellen E Jones

02, Feb, 2019 @10:00 AM

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David Oyelowo in Toronto: 'It's absolutely inexcusable female directors are marginalised'
The actor, who has two films directed by women premiering at Tiff, also attacks British period films for not featuring black characters and says he will always ‘be an advocate for diversity’

Nigel M Smith

10, Sep, 2016 @8:08 AM

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'If diversity means giving white men more work writing about black women, we've failed'
Black women need to be in control of their own stories says screenwriter Misan Sagay – and that means hiring more black talent across all aspects of film and tv

Kirstie Brewer

16, Jun, 2016 @6:24 AM

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‘99% of women working in the film and TV industries have experienced sexism’
Meetings full of male executives, action stars refusing to be directed by a woman, actors expecting a kiss… nine women in film share their stories

Interviews by Elizabeth Day, Liz Hoggard, Kathryn Bromwich

27, Sep, 2015 @8:15 AM

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Number of female film directors falls over last two decades
Study by San Diego State University finds that only 7% of Hollywood’s biggest hits are helmed by women

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

13, Jan, 2015 @11:05 AM

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Pride, ‘71 and Belle head prizes at British independent film awards
Film about 1980s alliance of LGBT activists and miners enjoys success while Gugu Mbatha-Raw wins best actress for Belle

Hannah Ellis-Petersen

08, Dec, 2014 @1:12 AM

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The Fault in Our Stars dazzles the UK but Jersey Boys lacks star quality

Charles Gant: Teenage love story enjoys sensational UK box-office debut, while Clint Eastwood's music biopic falls flat without big names

Charles Gant

24, Jun, 2014 @3:08 PM

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22 Jump Street on lone stakeout as World Cup gridlock hits UK box office

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill hold firm at the top, but all the self-reflexive franchise banter in the world can't help them transcend an exceptionally flat weekend

Charles Gant

17, Jun, 2014 @2:57 PM

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Belle review – a ripe costume drama with teeth
Amma Asante delivers some sharp lessons on slavery in this true story of Britain's first black aristocrat, writes Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

15, Jun, 2014 @8:00 AM

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The Guardian Film Show: Belle, The Devil's Knot, TS Spivet and Of Horses and Men - video review

Xan Brooks, Andrew Pulver and Peter Bradshaw review this week's big cinema releases

Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Andrew Pulver, Josh Strauss and Henry Barnes

13, Jun, 2014 @12:54 PM

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Belle review – watchable but conservative costume drama
This costume drama about a mixed-race woman in 18th-century society is watchable in a Sunday-teatime sort of way, says Peter Bradshaw

Peter Bradshaw

12, Jun, 2014 @8:00 PM

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