Art: Cleric of the Forward order by Chris Rallis
Race and Representation Talk Saturday 16 April 2pm www.bfi.org.uk, BFI Southbank, 5 mins from Waterloo tube
PLUS Film ‘O’ (Othello) with Mekhi Phifer at 4.15pm
Join a special debate about Shakespeare and the notion of ‘blackness’ in his plays – in their stories as well as in the performance. This session will look at casting, the cultural reverence in which the work is still held, its assumed ‘universality’ and its application to different periods, regions and cultures. This lively, illustrated discussion will be hosted by actor-director Burt Caesar, who’s joined by acclaimed stage and screen actor Hugh Quarshie (Holby City, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace).
‘O’ starring Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen Mekhi Phifer
Odin (Phifer) is a talented sportsman who becomes the target of a jealous rival (no prizes for guessing the dramatic inspiration for this tragic story). The film’s raw depiction of sex, violence, gun crime and drug abuse is powerfully realised by its young cast, but the film was withdrawn from distribution for two years following the real-life tragedy of the Columbine massacr