We’re thrilled to announce that Co-founder and Creative Director Anthony Andrews has won the award for Arts and Media Senior Leader at the 2020 Black British Business Awards.
Anthony was recognised at the awards ceremony, now in its seventh year, being held virtually for the first time due to the global Coronavirus pandemic.
The Black British Business Awards, founded by Melanie Eusebe and Sophie Chandauka, shines a much needed light on the significant contributions of black professionals and entrepreneurs from the arts, retail, financial and professional services, and STEM (science, tech, engineering and maths).
Anthony, who co-founded We Are Parable in 2013, alongside his wife Teanne, said he was ‘humbled and amazed” by the honour.
Experience Over Everything.
“No one needs to be reminded about what a challenging year 2020 has been, which is why this award means so much,” he said. “With cinemas closing down and films being delayed, the future of our company (and the wider industry) looked uncertain, but we were able to pivot with online events that stayed true to our philosophy of ‘Experience Over Everything’”.
In 2020, We Are Parable have gone from strength to strength, by creating culturally relevant and memorable events for highly anticipated films such as “Queen and Slim”, “Rocks” and “One Man and His Shoes”. In July 2020, they became the first company to”digitally takeover” the British Film Institute, creating a week-long project called “Who We Are”, which explored the artistry behind Black British Film. Since the summer they have collaborated with Barbican, Curzon and Odeon Cinemas as well as a project specifically designed to support filmmakers, in association with the Film and TV Charity.
The Work Continues.
Despite an already successful year, the We Are Parable have no plans of slowing down, as Anthony reflects on the wider significance of the award: “As amazing as being recognised as a senior leader in Arts and Media is, I keep thinking about the word “leader” and how crucial it is for me to take this title, this responsibility, seriously,” he says. “We want to continue to offer a platform for Black filmmakers to share and create their work, whilst remaining true to the needs of our audience, and we’ve got some exciting initiatives coming up which will help us achieve this.”
We Are Parable is an award winning film exhibition company founded by Anthony and Teanne Andrews.
Forming in 2013, they provide audiences around the UK with opportunities to respond to and experience Black cinema in culturally relevant, memorable and innovative ways, by screening upcoming, cult and classic films that celebrate Black culture on screen, whilst creating truly unforgettable experiences.
They have worked with prominent filmmakers including Spike Lee, Ryan Coogler, Amma Asante and Idris Elba and have partnered with the likes of British Film Institute, Film London, Curzon, Barbican MUBI, Picturehouse Cinemas, Entertainment One, Studiocanal, Altitude, Dartmouth, Vertigo and Republic Films.