SPOTLIGHT ON: DEADBEAT
Meet Deadbeat Films, an award-winning team of humanitarian filmmakers, founded by identical twin brothers, Boris & Jack Thompson-Roylance. Having collaborated with the duo, we recently discovered they were creating a documentary that follows grassroots movement Reclaim Black Power at London''s BLM march.
Taking a break from the editing process, Boris joined us to answer a few behind-the-scenes questions about the team''s new film also titled Reclaim Black Power.
How has the process of collaborating with Reclaim Black Power worked?
We wanted to offer our skills as filmmakers to help any charity, organisation or individual involved in the protest at the U.S Embassy on 7th June. Reclaim Black Lives reached out via Instagram, looking for a videographer to document their movement.
It was essential that we respected their cause and acted as subsidiary creative support; to always be respectful of what the movement wanted, not what we wanted.
Can you describe what it was like filming during the protests?
The atmosphere was peaceful yet powerful. Unlike the Bristol protest, no statues were torn down, and there were even moments of great silence and stillness. For example, when all several thousand protestors sat on one knee for nine minutes in respect of George Floyd. That was very moving. As they say, ''silence is the most powerful scream''.
BLOK Issue #04 centres around the theme ''together''. How does Reclaim Black Power explore this topic?
One of the main messages of Reclaim Black Power is equality. How can equality be achieved without togetherness? Reclaim Black Power is an inclusive group of all races, empowering and achieving equality through focused support on more 'struggling' groups. They believe all races suffer different forms of oppression; however, it is in all of their best interests to help those who are struggling the most.
What messages do you want people to take away from the documentary?
As long as the film tells the key messages of the movement in an engaging, honest manner, then I''m happy, and my contribution is complete.