Preview – The Modern Black Fairytale
The Inclusivity Now strand at CMC aims to offer practical solutions that delegates can use in their own working lives to improve access, representation or inclusion. Chloe Lansley produced a case study of a surprising literary conversion and the powerful affect it had on both participants and viewers.
At the end of the Q&A session at Sky Kids’ and Sky Cinema’s Little Darlings premiere, a tiny voice popped up from the crowd: “I’ve never seen my kind of hair wet before on TV”. It was a moment of total delight for the show’s creative team, whose hope was to bring an authentic, positive, and uplifting Black story to the small screen for kids and parents alike.
In this CMC panel, Executive Producer Emma Stuart (Kindle Entertainment) talks with the writers, commissioning team, and actors behind the show about the process behind adapting Jacqueline Wilson’s best-selling novel through the lens of Black joy, and how to make positive representation the backbone to a project and the driving force behind all creative decisions.
Co-writers Nathan Bryon and Jonny Wright discuss how they approached reimagining an iconic piece of children’s literature by placing two Black families at the heart of the story. “I wanted to create the show I should have seen as a kid” remarks Bryon; “…wanting to see myself, wanting to see my culture”. Jonny discusses how specificity was vital for their adaptation and that the granular detail is what makes such a story feel truly authentic.
Estelle Hughes comments on the process behind getting the show up and on air from Sky’s perspective, while Emma Stuart explores making diversity key to creative decisions on and off screen and nurturing grassroots talent.
Rounding off our speakers, actors Lemar and Jamelia discuss how the work of the creative team translated into their on-set experience: “it was just so positive… I’m so happy that Sky and Kindle didn’t just talk the talk, they walked the walk”.
If you’re a delegate, you can watch Inclusivity Now… The Modern Black Fairytale from 27 June 2022. Find out more here.
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Sky Kids UK & ROI
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Assistant Development Editor