“Black Panther” has been the most highly anticipated film in years, and we were honoured when we approached by the British Film Institute to co-host the World’s first public screening, which would feature a special, extended introduction by its director, Ryan Coogler.
Black Panther: Welcome to the Kingdom
As “Black Panther” represented one of the few times Black people would be depicted as figures of royalty in a mainstream film, we wanted to celebrate this by turning the foyer in the BFI Southbank into a Wakandan palace fit for a king.
Black Panther: where history meets the future
With a specially curated display taken from the late, great Jon Daniel’s Afro Supa Hero collection, Cosplayers, as well as arts, crafts and interior design, we produced an environment where history meets the path ahead.
We were also honoured to show “A Hero in all of us” a specially created photographic exhibition by Looks Like Me, fronted by Selma Nicholls. By recreating “Black Panther” characters with young children, the six images have been a huge success, with cast members Lupita Nyong’o and Leitita Wright and rapper Common sharing the images to over 6 Million Instagram followers.
Raising Black Panther: A discussion
The sold out event also included a discussion with Black Panther comic book writer Evan Narcisse and producer Nate Moore who spoke about the creative process of getting T’Challa the king to the big screen.
This event represented a real step change for us; up until this point, we had only shown older films, but this was the first time we exhibited a film which had not been previously released.