who even are we
The Culture Reel is a new platform and outlet created to fill the ‘diversity’ gap in film criticism and journalism in the UK, promoting the diversity and inclusion of voices that consume entertainment.
The Culture Reel covers movie reviews from the latest releases, including blockbusters, independent films, foreign titles, SVOD and television, whilst also discussing the team and crew behind them. We also cover anything relevant in the movie industry, such as trailers, upcoming projects, movies in development, classic/old school must see flicks, themed genre episodes, sprinkled with some general lighthearted informative and entertaining chit-chat.
With the new season, the show will feature interviews with engaging guests, to discuss the industry and provide practical advice and tips.
Hosted by two black British women - a film scholar and a film enthusiast, with a passion for cinema, TV box sets and pop culture and an impressive wealth of film and industry knowledge – the show offers a new viewpoint and narrative to film reviews and criticism, the industry, and social/current affairs, providing the world a perspective not often heard.
With the ever shifting world of filmmaking and the advancement of technology, film criticism is changing; the number of female film critics in the UK and US has increased over the last few years, however male voices still dominate the profession. A recent US study found that just 22.2% of film critics are female and only 4.1% are women of colour - Here in the UK, the situation is not much better.
Noticing a gap in the market The Culture Reel is building an online community that aims to inform and entertain, whilst striving to be the leading voice in diversity & inclusion in film criticism in the UK – since launching in April 2018, The Culture Reel now has over 250 followers on social media, and 500 plays on Soundcloud & iTunes.
Showing that there’s enough space for all diverse voices within the industry.
Since graduating with a film degree from Queen Mary University of London, Abi was naturally drawn into the world of film/entertainment through a mutual love of creativity and film theory.
A self confessed trainer addict, when she's not dancing through Carnaby Street for her latest kicks, she's ploughing through a new series on Netflix or writing reviews on her film blog.
Wanna hang out with her? Catch her chilling at the Prince Charles Cinema or The Electric in Notting Hill.
I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way"
- Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1988)
Imitation of Life (1959)
Jackie Brown (1997)
Spirited Away (2001)
Game of Thrones
Tolu has supported some of the UK's top films and creatives in the industry, as an entertainment publicist.
Between travelling the world (one annual leave booking at a time) and a keen interest in photography she likes to pretend she's a film reviewer and culture writer on her blog.
Not quite a film and TV buff but an"obsessed enthusiast" she enjoys randomly throwing around quotes from her favourite movies and tv shows.
"You've got some nerve standing me up. Nobody does that to me. Who the hell do you think you are, Frankie Vallie or some kind of big shot?" - Karen (Goodfellas, 1990)
Game of Thrones
The Simpsons (seasons 3-10)
Rick & Morty
The Goonies (1985)
Kill Bill: Vol 1 (2003)