Playwright debbie tucker green’s first cinema release “Second Coming” previews at the BFI Southbank
Only four black British women have received UK cinema releases for their films. Only four black British women have seen their films released to UK audiences. Four.
Ngozi Onwurah in 1995 with Welcome II the Terrordome, Amma Asante (Belle), Destiny Ekaragha (Gone Too Far!) and debbie tucker green whose feature film debut, Second Coming, is being previewed at the BFI Southbank later this month.
green made her name as a playwright – writing acclaimed plays like Born Bad and winning the Laurence Olivier award for most promising playwright – she’s written and directed for television too – an episode for Coming Up, a short film, Heat (also starring Nadine Marshall) -but Second Coming sees green gaining more attention as a filmmaker.
Idris Elba (Long Walk to Freedom, Luther), Nadine Marshall (The Smoking Room) and Kai Francis Lewis star in this London based drama, centered around a mother (Marshall) who finds herself suddenly pregnant; certain that the baby does not belong to her husband (Elba) and certain that she had not slept with anyone else, the young family wonder what to do.
Second Coming premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival and quietly debuted in Britain at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival. To buy tickets for Second Coming at the BFI Southbank, please click here.
– Hannah Campbell