ED VAIZEY MP TO RUB SHOULDERS WITH THE BEST
OF BRITISH TALENT AT THE 9TH SCREEN NATION AWARDS
Screen Nation is honoured to announce that Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture, Communication and Creative Industries, has confirmed his attendance at the 9th Screen Nation Film & Television Awards 2014, taking place on Sunday 23 February.
Special invitees include actor, comedian and writer Lenny Henry CBE, who received critical acclaim for his role in the sold out stage show Fences.
Black British actors are leaving the United Kingdom to make their fortunes in the United States and African countries. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport held a roundtable with leading figures from the industry, including Lenny Henry, to discuss this issue, as well as other matters relating to representation of Black and other ethnic minorities on our screens.
Speaking on this matter, Mr Vaizey said: “It seems we are quite a way behind the United States and we need to ensure that in our dramas, in particular, Britain is reflected as a country of different peoples, as it is. Some of our actors, like Idris Elba and David Harewood, had to go to the US to get better careers for themselves.”
Charles Thompson founder and CEO of Screen Nation said: “Screen Nation was established to recognise and celebrate the talent of Black British and international film and television talent. We are really happy to see the government finally beginning to tackle some of the major issues affecting the talent within our community.”
Other confirmed guests include His Excellency, the Deputy High Commissioner of Nigeria, Ambassador Lawal will also be in attendance for this prestigious occasion where the finest from film & television, sport, music, entertainment and many more industries will take to the red carpet in their finery.
The 9th Screen Nation Film & Television Awards takes place on Sunday 23rd February 2014 at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London.
The star-studded ceremony will be hosted by the hilarious comedian Ali Baba, aka the Godfather of Nigerian comedy,and Caroline Chikezie, the gorgeous Hollywood based actress and newest star of the iconic 24 series starring Kiefer Sutherland.
The Creative Director of the 2014 Awards is the renowned Nigerian born, British based director/producer Obi Emelonye, the man described as bringing the magic of Nollywood to the world.
You can watch the 2014 nominations as below.
Voting for nominees in all categories are open now until February 20th, with public voting categories accessed exclusively via the Screen Nation website.