The UK's The Guardian has a fascinating piece by Ken Williams on what Black film in the UK is "supposed" to look like, and why white, middle-class audiences only deem a Black Film "authentic" if it's about gangs, drugs, and guns. Williams gets into an interesting bit about social realism, and why every Black film is expected to be socially realist (with the authenticity of the film generally being determined by someone outside that cultural group), when every White film does not have to be socially realist. Willams asks: Can you have a Black lead without race being relevant to the plot? How about a British romantic comedy or horror flick with Black leads?

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