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Naomie Harris, Working class talent, Gurrumul

Naomie Harris on fighting oversized genetically-modified predators in new film Rampage, and has it got harder for working class talent to break through on screen?

Actress Naomie Harris talks about her latest role in Brad Peyton's big-screen video game adaptation Rampage, which sees her fighting a trio of oversized genetically-modified predators alongside Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

Has it got harder for working class talent to make a career on stage and screen? This week the Anna Scher Theatre School, which is responsible for launching the careers of working class actors such as Kathy Burke, Daniel Kaluuya and Adam Deacon, celebrates 50 years, and there are calls for drama schools to remove audition fees to boost access to more formal training. To discuss how working class talent can thrive in 2018 we are joined by director Asif Kapadia, producer Rebecca O'Brien and actor Johnny Harris.

The aboriginal singer Gurrumul died last year at the age of 46. Before his death, the highest-selling indigenous musician of all time had spent four years working on his album Djarimirri with his long-term friend, producer and manager Michael Hohnen. On the line from Sydney, Michael reflects on Gurrumul's life, music and early death, as well as the richness and influence of Gurrumul's own Yolngu culture.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Hannah Robins.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Naomie Harris

    Duration: 07:53

  • Working class talent

    Duration: 10:17

  • Gurrumul

    Duration: 07:53

  • Gillian Ayres

    Duration: 01:00

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris

Rampage, certificate 12A, open in UK cinemas on 13 April 2018.

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Main image above: Naomie Harris as Dr Kate Caldwell in Rampage

Image to the left: From Left: Naomie Harris, Jason Liles as George, Dwayne Johnson as  Davis Okoye in Rampage

Images credit: Warner Bros

Working class talent

Working class talent

The BFI's Working Class Heroes event is at the BFI SouthBank in London on 14 April 2018.

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top row, from Left: Asif Kapadia,Naomi Ackie, Daniel May, Vicky McClure

Bottom row: Maxine Peake, Johnny Harris, Lesley Manville - all taking part in the BFI's Working Class Heroes event.

Image credit: BFI

Gurrumul

Gurrumul

Gurrumul's posthumous album, Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) is out on 13 April 2018 from Skinnyfish  Music.

Image: Gurrumul.

Following’s Gurrumul’s death, the family have given permission that his name and image may be used publicly to ensure that his legacy will continue to inspire both his people and Australians more broadly.

 

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Interviewed Guest Naomie Harris
Interviewed Guest Asif Kapadia
Interviewed Guest Rebecca O'Brien
Interviewed Guest Johnny Harris
Interviewed Guest Michael Hohnen
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Hannah Robins

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