A Renegade Nell special w/ ADRIAN LESTER & ENYI OKORONKWO
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by Leon Mayne
2M ago
In this special episode of The Circle, Leon teams up with guest co-host and actress Dani Moseley to speak with Adrian Lester and Enyi Okoronkwo - stars of Disney Plus series Renegade Nell. On the eve of it's release, we all waxed lyrical on the actors' approach to their respective roles, navigating accuracy and sensitivities of black citizens in the historical backdrop, merging genres and themes including action, supernatural, adventure, period, family, patriarchy and slavery, what's next for both talent at different stages of their career, and working with the talented writing and directorial ..read more
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Ep33: Joyful Stress w/ NINA MALONE
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by Leon Mayne
2M ago
IAG Talent Agent Nina Malone joins Leon and Akua in the circle. Celebrating seven years as an agent, she reminisces on her transition from modelling to managing talent. We talk demystifying the myth of pretty privilege, tips to becoming a competent agent, why she reps so many clients but never discloses how many, her working relationship with Femi Oguns, a love for tap dancing and the dos and don'ts of acting talent. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information ..read more
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Ep32: Trust Your Sauce w/ ABDOU CISSE
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by Leon Mayne
3M ago
Director, Writer and Producer Abdou Cisse joins Leon and Akua to wax lyrical on an astonishing start to his career. From transitioning from Architecture to Advertising to Filmmaking, wanting to put the mandem on the global map, paying it forward with his crossover production company with long time friend Akwasi Poku, shadowing on Season 2 of Gangs Of London, writing and directing award winning shorts including 'Serious Tingz', his key to pitching himself as a director for a project, gaining his first television director credit for BBC3 series 'Grime Kids', being BAFTA nominated for his film 'F ..read more
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Ep31: Plantain Forever w/ DOMINIC BUCHANAN
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by Leon Mayne
3M ago
Executive Producer/Producer Dominic Buchanan steps inside the circle in our longest and perhaps most honest episode to date to wax lyrical on a storied journey that has seen him premiere and win awards at Tribeca and Sundance respectively. Further stories include how a deal offer from Paramount let him know his worth, the origin story of his multi-award winning series 'The End Of The F***ing World, what led him to team up with a previous guest Bennett McGhee to form his production company Home Team, why he was ready to give on the industry as recent as last year, the hardships that come with b ..read more
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Representation vs Responsibility
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by Leon Mayne
3M ago
In between episodes, Leon and Akua discuss random but poignant topics usually reserved for their WhatsApp. This week we speak on Kenya Barris and the ongoing discourse around representation of dark-skinned women in his successful output of Film and TV. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information ..read more
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Ep30: The Best Bits So Far
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by Leon Mayne
3M ago
Finally! We've landed on 30 episodes. To celebrate we have put together a few soundbites from some of our guests so far. A massive thank you to all of our listeners for tuning in. More to come! Special thanks to Theresa Ikoko, Akemnji Ndifornyen, Sherie Myers, Tahirah Sharif, Destiny Ekaragha, Zackary Momoh, Jade Anouka, Danielle Scott-Haughton, Damson Idris, Naomi Ackie, Paapa Essiedu, Kharmel Cochrane, Luti Fagbenle, Aml Ameen, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Aisha Bywaters, Deborah Ayorinde, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Nida Manzoor, Sebastian Thiel, Sheila Nortley, Thalissa Teixeira, Jimmy Akingbola, Adjani ..read more
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Ep 29: Just Crack On Innit w/ KIBWE TAVARES
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by Leon Mayne
3M ago
Director Kibwe Tavares jumps into the hot seat with Leon and Akua this week. We speak on his transition from architecture to filmmaking, starting his own production company Factory Fifteen, his love for design and how it informs his style, a storied career that spans across a sundance winning short film, to directing a ballet run at Royal Opera House, to exec producing a book adaptation for BBC. We also speak on a long running working relationship with Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya that has resulted in their feature directorial debut The Kitchen on netflix! Another good'un! Hosted on Acast. See ..read more
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Ep27: Always Own Your Voice w/ LAUREN SEQUEIRA
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by Leon Mayne
4M ago
Aaaand we're back! Our Season 3 opener is with writer, showrunner, executive producer and South East London native Lauren Sequeira. Three days off the premiere of her debut original series 'Domino Day' on BBC Three, Lauren speaks with Leon & Akua on a storied journey so far including penning a BAFTA nominated spin-off of The Dumping Ground, two episodes of Sky phenomenon Gangs Of London, a scheme that actually brought early success, and numerous milestones that saw her grow from budding director to prolific writer and the join the list of a golden generation of black British female showrun ..read more
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Season 3 Prelude: Award Season
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by Leon Mayne
4M ago
Your favourite carpenter and plagiarist are back with a special prelude before season 3 hits the airwaves. Akua and Leon talk award season, the controversy behind the Barbie nominations, black talent making waves at the Oscars and BAFTAs, and introducing a new segment in between guest episodes. Stick with us, we're back! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information ..read more
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Ep26: Pressure Is A Privilege w/ NICÔLE LECKY
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by Leon Mayne
10M ago
Actress, Writer, Producer, Artist...oxygen, Nicôle Lecky joins us on this week's episode. After the release of her multi award-winning drama series 'Mood' on BBC Three, Nicôle waxed lyrical with Leon and Akua, of the series' origin in theatre as the previously titled 'Superhoe', how her upbringing in East London shaped her, the era of the writer/performer, advocating for black female writers, juggling so many titles on her debut series, why she doesn't read reviews anymore and more! We've got ourselves another dope episode! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information ..read more
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