The actor stars in part of Steve McQueen’s’ Small Ax’ series dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement
Micheal Ward spoke about the need to make further advances in film and television representation.
The actor is one of the stars of Steve McQueen’s new film series Small Ax, which shows the life of the Black British between 1969 and 1982 and is dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement. He played Franklyn in the episode Lovers Rock.
Speaking to the Times, Ward was asked if he thought the film and television industries were doing enough to push for diversity. « Of course there is still inequality and progress needs to be made, » he replied. “A lot of things need to change instead of just posting things on social media.
« But it happens, man. And I hate talking about it because I’d rather talk to the work that I have to do that I think can help. Giving knowledge about the black world. ”
McQueen shared last week (Jan.. November) gave his opinion on the treatment of black talent by the UK film and television industry after David Harewood asked from home why so many black British actors have to go to the US frequently to advance their careers ”. The director replied that British industry was « not interested enough ». .
« It really is, » he said. « People in positions of real power and influence in the industry haven’t cared enough. Point. They don’t care so we have to do it ourselves. ”
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