The director of Blue Story has labelled the lack of black Bafta nominees as “ridiculous” amid criticism of the diversity in this year’s film awards.
Blue Story star Micheal Ward has said that his nomination for a Bafta award is a vindication of the film following controversies surrounding screenings.
The film that was temporarily pulled from cinemas due to violence at screenings has been shortlisted for a Bafta film award.
Blue Story will return to screens following a backlash about it being pulled, Vue Cinemas’ chief executive has announced, as he insisted race was never part of the equation.
The director of Blue Story has criticised the decision to pull the film from cinemas, saying the gang story can “save lives”.
Cinema-goers have defended gang film Blue Story against accusations it encouraged violence, including a mass brawl in Birmingham that left seven police officers injured.
Vue has defended its decision to ban gang movie Blue Story after the cinema chain said “25 significant incidents” were reported at its venues within 24 hours of the film’s release.
A story of love and gang violence, Blue Story follows best friends Timmy and Marco, who go to the same high school in Peckham but live in neighbouring London boroughs.
A second cinema chain has withdrawn gang film Blue Story from its venues after a mass brawl at a screening in Birmingham.
The director of Blue Story has said the gang film is about “love not violence”, after seven police officers were injured in a disturbance at a screening.
Micheal Ward has said he nearly turned down a part in Blue Story because he was “afraid” it was too similar to his leading role in Top Boy.