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The latest addition to the Sussex squad has some serious Hollywood pedigree. This week, Harry and Meghan confirmed that film producer and newly minted Oscar nominee Ben Browning will join their entertainment ventures Archewell Productions and Archewell Audio as Head of Content, tasked with overseeing the couple’s streaming projects.

The Sussexes signed a rumoured $100 million deal with Netflix last autumn after stepping back from royal life, then netted a reported $25 million contract with Spotify in December. They’ve promised that the TV series, documentaries, films, kids’ programmes and podcasts they create will – deep breath – “utilise the power of storytelling to embrace our shared humanity and duty to truth through a compassionate lens.”

No pressure on Browning, then, but the former president of film and TV production at independent movie companyFilmNation certainly has the requisite industry credentials. Based in Los Angeles since he joined FilmNation in 2014, he has recently picked up a slew of Best Picture awards nominations (including Golden Globe, Bafta and Academy Award nods) for #MeToo revenge drama Promising Young Woman; one of this year’s most feted releases starring Carey Mulligan.

He made a first foray into prestige TV last year as an executive producer on This Much I Know Is True, the HBO drama which earned Mark Ruffalo an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his double performance as twin brothers.

Browning has worked on an eclectic slate of films

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Before that, Browning, who has British parents and grew up “all over the world” according to a Hollywood Reporter piece, worked on films ranging from Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of David Copperfield to comedy Late Night, written by and starring Mindy Kaling, and off-kilter rom-com The Big Sick. He’s also credited on a handful of as-yet-unreleased movies, including Lena Dunham’s Sharp Stick and Sean Baker’s Red Rocket.

This eclectic slate of projects surely piqued the interest of the Duke and Duchess, who were reportedly nudged in Browning’s direction by a mutual connection in the entertainment world. They are “incredibly pleased” with their new hire, according to a statement from Archewell’s global press secretary Toya Holness, who has recently taken on a bigger role for the couple after the departure of their chief of staff Catherine St-Laurent. Bradley, meanwhile, said that he “knew [he] wanted to help with this unique opportunity” from “the moment [Harry and Meghan] shared their vision for Archewell as a global production company that will spotlight diverse voices and share uplifting stories.”

Harry and Meghan unveiled the first episode of their podcast, complete with an audio cameo from baby Archie and chats with celebrity mates like James Corden and Sir Elton John, back in December. They’re yet to confirm their debut Netflix project, though an animated series telling stories of inspiring women is rumoured to be in the works at the streamer.

The couple have also expressed a desire to make “inspirational family programming” (perhaps they’ve reached peak Peppa Pig). May we humbly pitch a series about the feathered friends living it up in Archie’s chicken coop?

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Her Voice at BFI Southbank: Celebrating black women of all ages performers on movie

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Her Voice at BFI Southbank: Celebrating black women performers on film
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inemas are again from May well 17 (hurrah!) and whilst London’s freshly reopened venues will give a full planet of filmic delights — no matter if it’s the prospect to revisit your favorite indie location, or last but not least see that Oscar-winner you have been conserving for the big display — there is a specially interesting period established for the reopening of BFI Southbank.

Her Voice, which operates as a result of May well and into June, will rejoice the most effective of black females performers on film, from documentaries shining a highlight on musical icons of decades long gone by, to stunning, in-depth biopics, and further than.

Here, we have picked out 5 have to-see highlights.

Billie (2019)

Centered on an incredible selection of earlier unheard interviews, collected by the late journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl in the Sixties and Seventies, this documentary explores each the dark and the mild in Billie Holiday’s lifetime and occupation. We hear from each the vocalist herself, as well as these who realized her, to inform the tale of a supremely proficient but embattled musical icon. The newly colourised footage of Holiday’s stay performances are mesmerising.

6pm, June 2 and 8.40pm, June 15

20 Toes from Stardom (2013)

An Oscar-successful deep dive into the earth of backing singers. They are the men and women — black ladies, in quite a few of the most prominent cases — that over the years have elevated some of the world’s most common data with their voices. Do they get the credit score they should have? Are they content with life in the background? What takes place if they want to be the stars themselves? It’s all explored in a movie that bursts with enthusiasm and strength.

8.45pm, June 4 and 6.20pm, June 10

Dreamgirls (2006)

It is almost certainly the ideal regarded film on our checklist, but it’s always really worth a rewatch. Loosely dependent on the story of the Supremes and the wider Motown phenomenon, the movie has a significant amount of money of stardust sprinkled through — Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx are among the the solid — with some really magical musical moments, none more so than from Jennifer Hudson, who manufactured her acting debut here.

5.50pm, May well 22 and 8.30pm, June 23

What is Appreciate Obtained To Do With It (1993)

Dependent on Tina Turner’s inform-all autobiography, this 1993 biopic offers a riveting and normally uncooked account of the singer’s job, and how it became entwined with her abusive associate, Ike. The 2021 documentary, Tina, presents a broader overview of it all (partly by advantage of becoming built a few decades afterwards) but this film is worthy of looking for out for the Oscar-nominated performances of Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne as Tina and Ike.

6pm, June 4 and 8.45pm, June 26

Siren of the Tropics (1927)

A landmark release from practically a century back, this silent film is electrified by the stunning talent of Josephine Baker, the very first black female to star in a attribute movie. For individuals unfamiliar with Baker’s extraordinary existence — aside from her career as a dancer, singer and actor, she was also a passionate civil rights activist, and an agent of the French Resistance all through Planet War Two — this would make a fine starting off position.

6.10pm, Could 19 and June 5, 12.20

Her Voice: Black Ladies From the Spotlight to the Display is at BFI Southbank from May possibly 17 – June 30. Tickets on sale now, bfi.org.uk/whatson

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