Black Hollywood: They’ve Gotta Have Us

Channel: BBC TWO | Series: Black Hollywood: They’ve Gotta Have Us

Black Hollywood: "They’ve Gotta Have Us" | Trailer - BBC

The story of the revolutionary rise of black cinema, told by the icons and pioneers who wouldn’t sit still.

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Photographer and Filmmaker Simon Frederick’s follow-up to Black Is The New Black - gives viewers a unique insight into the film industry from some of its biggest names. The series charts the evolutionary and revolutionary rise of a lifetime of black actors and filmmakers in the art form of cinema, from Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte to the present day triumph of Moonlight at the Oscars and the phenomenal success of Black Panther, confirms what black artists already knew; the talent and creativity was always there, underscored by a rich and meaningful oral history. Throwing off the shackles of Hollywood’s racial stereotyping and perennial one-in-one out policy, the renaissance has taken much longer than anyone could have imagined. But as They Have Got To Have Us reveals, this hard won freedom has finally ushered in a new dawn.

With a new generation of aspiring filmmakers and actors, has come a new zeal and professional maturity which is rewriting the rule book. The contributors freely acknowledge the struggles and resilience of the trailblazers that went before, but recognise that they had to forge a new identity in this ever-changing story. This particular ‘moment’ in Hollywood’s history has enriched and changed the film industry for ever with the introduction of colour blind casting part of that narrative. Telling authentic and entertaining stories will continue to revolutionise Hollywood and serve up box office success and acclaim for many years to come. This new chapter in Black cinema’s epic journey is far from over and Hollywood has now finally woken up to the fact that ‘They’ve Gotta Have Us.’

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