Honouring #OurMunroe. Stand with Screen Nation to raise £5,565 to help honour and celebrate Carmen Munroe, a true Icon and Pioneer of Diversity on British Television
This year the annual Screen Nation Film and Television Awards aka the 'black Bafta's' bestows its highest UK honour to veteran actress Carmen Munroe – ‘Our Munroe’ a giant of British screen and stage. With a career spanning nearly 50 years, Carmen is a true example of why diversity in this industry should be honoured.
The money raised from this campaign will help to research, source and clear rights to classic still and video images to be used in a special testimonial film being produced by a top BBC factual filmmaker so we can make a special presentation to Carmen on the night of the awards and beyond in our continued recognition and celebration of diversity in this industry.
The trailblazing legend, founder of Talawa (UK's first black theatre company) and the mother of Diversity
Talented, stunningly beautiful and graceful, Carmen Munroe OBE, #OurMunroe, is a black British icon and is a trailblazer for diversity in theatre, film and television. Her amazing career includes heavyweight names of British television such as Doctor Who, General Hospital, Play for Today, Crown Court, Rumpole of the Old Bailey, Grange Hill and many many more. However many of us will know Carmen best for her role as Shirley in the seminal Channel 4 sitcom Desmond’s.
At its peak Desmond’s attracted 5.6 million viewers every week and is still to this day the most successful comedy series produced for C4 and has shown somewhere around the world every single year since the final season 20 years ago. Carmen is more than just an actress; a screen great, she is the personification of equality and justice in our industry today. She has set very high standards throughout the whole of her career, possesses a pioneering spirit whilst always staying true to her vision. Carmen's dignified contribution has shown great leadership to the creative industries professions and remind us all of the responsibilities we have to each other and our society. Carmen Munroe, ‘Our Munroe’, represents the very best of Britain. She has shared her experiences of the acting world with studio audiences on multiple occasions and in 1986 she co-founded the Talawa Theatre Company; the UK’s leading black theatre company.
We are aiming to raise a minimum £5,565, in only 14 days so we can honour Carmen fully at this year’s awards. Help us to Honour #OurMunroe. Please pledge today.
The first and only British film and television awards celebrating diversity
Screen Nation Film & Television Awards was founded in 2003 by independent producer Charles Thompson MBE. Its purpose is to advance the black film and television industries in the UK and globally. Coined the ‘black BAFTAs’, by The Independent newspaper, the annual awards are the first and only industry related awards celebrating leading film and television professionals of African Disapora heritage in the UK.
Pledge to honour all in film and television
The current controversy surrounding the limited recognition of diverse talent in film and television highlights the lack of progress the industry has made. Astonishingly since Desmond’s came off air in 1994, no other show of its kind as had the same impact.
Screen Nation Awards 2016 will honour Ms Munroe with a special video and on stage presentation and the money raised will be used to secure attendance of key individuals who she has worked with over the years (£750), production of a top class testimonial video (£1565) including clearance to the rights of her image (£3250) from the numerous programmes and films Carmen has appeared in over the last 50 years.
The complicated nature of television and film rights means large amounts of research and resources are required in order to ensure all rights can be cleared and Carmen Munroe can receive the full recognition her career and legacy so richly deserves.
It’s not just about rights, it’s about inspiring future generations..
Any additional funds raised will go towards Screen Nation’s ongoing work of promoting UK and international talent. A key focus is to inspire young people seeking a career in the film and television industries.
Projects include to help multi-award winning Ghanaian child actor Abraham Attah (Beast of No Nation) to take part in a UK Q & A and workshop so that young children of today can aspire to be screen stars of tomorrow and to show that wherever you come from you can always find the excellence in you.
On Saturday March 19 2016, with your help, Screen Nation will proudly honour Carmen Munroe at an auspicious and glitzy gathering where she will be championed as the Godmother of black British acting. But this campaign represents so much more. It is a chance to make a positive stance as a community and acknowledge the contributions made by black talent to British film and television and not seek validation elsewhere. Moreover, we will be reminded of the acting greats of yesterday and the present and will reassure future talent that they too will not be forgotten. After all 'We Are Enough'
Pledge your support today
Keep in touch with this campaign on Screen Nation’s Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @screennation. Use the hashtags #OurMunroe and #HonourAll to show your support and to show that you too recognise the success of pioneers such as Carmen Munroe in the UK and globally today and in the future. Thank you.