Want to see more of me?
3 March – 3 April, 2009
Exhibition of UK’s leading Black film actors embarks on national tour.
Dramatically uniting the worlds of film and art, acclaimed photographer Donald MacLellan’s exhibition Want to see more of me? is set to challenge new audiences across the country to think about on-screen diversity.
The 25 striking portraits of well-known Black British actors including Ashley Walters, Sophie Okonedo, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Liverpool-born actor Paul Barber, will follow an extended run at the National Portrait Gallery with a tour of four major cities in the UK this year.
Commissioned by the UK Film Council, the exhibition celebrates some of the UK’s most successful Black actors, highlights the depth and range of talent in the field and raises questions about the roles that are available to Black British film actors. Says MacLellan: “This dynamic group of images, opulent and rich in colour, celebrates both the individual and collective achievement of these actors. If you look at my portraits you will see that each of the subjects is looking directly at you, most of them in a challenging way”.
The 2009 tour includes:
Liverpool Playhouse 3 March – 3 April
The Drum, Birmingham 4 April – 1 May
Central Library, Cardiff 6 – 31 May
In Liverpool, the exhibition will be framed by two significant theatre productions: Eclipse Theatre’s The Hounding of David Oluwale at the Everyman, the true story of a man’s racial and social injustice at the hands of the police in 1970’s; and the RSC’s touring production of Othello, directed by Kathryn Hunter.
Williamson Square, Liverpool, L1 1EL