Due in part to a contribution provided courtesy of ​BAFTA’s Gift of the Academy scheme Screen Nation Foundation​, the charitable arm of the ​Screen Nation Film & TV Awards returns to the showbiz calendar on ​Friday 26th October with the UK’s only hall of fame honouring individuals of British African Caribbean heritage who have made extraordinary contributions to UK film & television.

Designed as a celebratory ​‘In Conversation’ career talk and online resource the ​Screen Nation Hall of Fame ​announces itself as a key celebration of black screen talent during​Black History Month​, at the start of the global awards season in the ​Year of the Woman​.

This edition’s inductees are three trailblazing women; veteran actresses ​Ellen Thomas and Dona Croll and Amanda Foster​, acknowledged as the UK’s first black British stuntwoman.

The Inductions will celebrate the incredibly vibrant, diverse and robust careers of these gifted multi-talented performers who have nearly 100 years of acting performances between them,featuring in over 230 films and TV productions.

The honorees will be interviewed by a host of famous names and officially inducted at ​195 Piccadilly ​the home of the ​British Academy of Film and Television Arts, as the second official intake of members of the Screen Nation Hall of Fame.

A first of its kind introductory ACCESS ACTION: Stunts Workshop aimed at increasing BAME participation in the craft is being held on the morning of the event featuring some of the UK’s top black stunt performers… Michelle Matherson, ​(formerly Head of Talent at ITV Shiver)​EventProducer:ScreenNation Hall of Fame 2018 ​said ‘’I am so excited to lead the efforts this year that brings to fruition this hugely important showcase celebrating diversity in our great industry.

It is critically important that the legacy of the immense contributions made by these wonderfully gifted women over long careers are fully honored through the Screen Nation Hall of Fame’’

The BAFTA 195 event marks the second of a series of Hall of Fame Inductions being held biannually over the coming years to honour some of the UK’s longstanding and unfortunately oftentimes under-appreciated veteran black British stars of the screen.

Whilst the debate around diversity and inclusion continues to rage across mainstream media channels Screen Nation intends for the legacy created by these inductions to add value and much needed honour to the British film & television landscape, where the contributions by British African Caribbean screen practitioners can finally be fully and consistently acknowledged & recorded for future generations.

This event is supported by Film London Equal Access Network and ScreenSkills https://www.screenskills.com

About Screen Nation Hall of Fame Honouring the achievements and accomplishments of free thinkers, motivators and innovators, the Screen Nation Hall of Fame preserves the contributions of British African Caribbean heritage professionals who have made outstanding contributions in the arts, sciences or management of film & television, based upon either cumulative contributions and achievements or a singular contribution or achievement.

Screen Nation Hall of Fame champions the achievements of black British screen talent from the earliest years of film & TV through to the present day, bringing their work to a new generation of UK audiences and helping to reposition them and their performances in our collective memory.

About ACCESS ACTION: Stunts Workshop A first of its kind workshop aimed at increasing BAME stunt practitioners in the UK film & TV industry.

For the first time ever an introductory craft workshop is held aimed at introducing more BAME talent to the wonderful world of action stunts. Open to all cultures and features speakers from the British Stunt Register, MARVIN CAMPBELL, the UK’s top black stuntman, award-winning stunt performers and coordinators plus speakers from the industries top stunt training establishments covering disciplines as diverse as fighting, falling, driving, climbing, water work, horse riding, flamework and weapon work, etc. Special appearance by exciting new aspiring stunt performer SHAINA WEST aka The Samurider.

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