We use cookies to improve your experience online. By using our website, you agree to the use of cookies as described in our cookies policy.

Amma Asante: hidden stories on the big screen

Festival of Ideas


● Cancelled

Saturday 2 May 2020
12.30 — 1.30pm

This event has now ended

See upcoming talks

Amma Asante

© Joseph Sinclair

BAFTA award-winning screenwriter and director Amma Asante discusses why hidden stories of race, class and gender need to be told on the big screen today.

Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding coronavirus, we regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s RA Festival of Ideas. If you have purchased tickets to an event, please contact us on 0207 300 8090 or tickets@royalacademy.org.uk to arrange a refund.

Amma Asante joins journalist and broadcaster Afua Hirsch for a conversation charting her trajectory to award-winning director.

They discuss her directorial debut A Way of Life, which explores multiculturalism in Britain, and BAFTA winning Belle, which shed light on the journey to the abolition of slavery in the UK.

Discover how Asante has used her recent films to explore the prejudices of the 1940s British establishment, the treatment of people of colour in Nazi Germany, and the stories of relationships formed in the most difficult conditions.

This talk will include an audience Q&A at the end.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Saturday 2 May 2020

12.30 — 1.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9