FORMER EASTENDERS star Bunmi Mojekwu is to launch an independent film company creating “unforgettable films” that “inspire, challenge, uplift and educate”.
The 26-year-old UK-based actress, who left the BBC 1 soap in 2011, says she was motivated by the “underrepresentation of black and ethnic minorities” on screen.
“We are focused on developing cross-cultural films, which cater to a whole audience, exploring a range of genres all of which represent a true reflection of society today,” she said.
Bunmi’s latest venture will officially launch on February 10 where she hopes attendees will help her in her mission to “change the narrative of British cinema and ultimately keep UK talent in the UK”.
Quoting, revered entertainer Sir Lenny Henry, who was presented with a knighthood by the queen for his services to charity and comedy last year, she said.
“[Sir Lenny Henry said}, ‘our most talented actors are getting increasingly frustrated and having to go to America to succeed.’”
“He highlighted the lack of non-white people working in television and called for channels to ‘reflect the country’s ethnically diverse population’.”