Little Mix star to make BBC3 racism doc
Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock is to make a one-off documentary for BBC Three, exploring her own experiences of racism and colourism as a black woman in the UK.
Leigh-Anne: Colourism & Race (w/t), which will also look at the wider race issues in the UK as a whole, is from Dragonfly Film and Television, and produced by Kandise Abiola. It marks the directorial debut of Tash Gaunt, a childhood friend of Pinnock.
Pinnock said: “I want to make this film because I have always been passionate about rights for black people. Conversations surrounding racism and colourism are something I constantly have with my boyfriend and family, and as I have a platform, I want to use that platform to bring this conversation to a wider audience and stand up for my black and brown community.
“Systemic racism is complex; through making this documentary I want to learn how I can best lend my voice to the debate so that the young people who look up to me won't have to face what me and my generation have had to.”
Richard Bond, MD of Dragonfly, added: “This is a historic moment for civil rights, and we are honoured to be working with such a high profile figure as Leigh-Anne on a film which is so important to her personally, and which will hopefully help to highlight and combat the injustice of systemic racism in the UK and around the world.”
BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three,said: “We are constantly having conversations about race and discrimination and how we can cover it on BBC Three in a way that can contribute to making positive and permanent change.
"This is a film we commissioned a few months ago and the start of filming with Leigh-Anne has coincided with the tragic death of George Floyd and the current protests and debates which have brought these issues into sharper focus for her, for Britain and the world.”
The 1 x 60’ is executive produced by Tom Currie and Sam Bickley.