For our first event of the year, the Pocc Film Club welcomed critically acclaimed director and photographer Simon Frederick to discuss his groundbreaking catalogue of documentary work at Picturehouse Central London, and Pocc writer Caroline Adeyemi to screen her award-winning short film I Love You, I Hate You.
Simon Frederick’s ascendancy from self-taught photographer to award winning and frequently commissioned director and producer, is one that is pioneering and inspirational. Moderated by Pocc filmmaker Sasha Nathwani, we screened excerpts from “Black Is The New Black” (BBC) and “They’ve Gotta Have Us” (Netflix) and discussed Simon Frederick’s approach to documentary filmmaking, explored tips on how filmmakers can pitch their show to TV commissioners alongside the relevant themes presented in his series, ranging from breaking through barriers while maintaining one’s personal identity and cultural heritage.
“Black filmmakers are taking control of their writing, directing and filmmaking”, Frederick notes – a level of artistry that is elevating the artform and revolutionizing cinema beyond what he ever thought possible. His documentary series are an exploration of this evolution.
The screening was followed by refreshments and networking in Picturehouse’s mezzanine members bar, and presented an opportunity to meet and network with members of the Pocc community and industry professionals.
Stay tuned for more Pocc film screenings coming your way in 2022.