BFI study into representation of black

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New research published by the BFI this month has revealed that 59% of UK films over the last 10 years featured no black actors in either lead or named roles. The study looked at 1,172 UK films made and released between January 2006 and August 2016. It found that only 13% of UK films featured a black actor in a leading role, and 50% of those parts were found in just 47 films – less than 5% of all the films covered. It found that the film type most likely to feature black actors in lead or named roles was the crime genre, with 65% casting black talent, while the horror genre was the least likely to feature black actors, with 67% failing to cast black talent. The research was revealed at the Black Star Symposium which was held as part of the recent BFI London Film Festival. To read more, click here.