Shortly before my thirtieth birthday, I decided to apply for The Carl Foreman Award organised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). All entrants had to be British, under 30 years old, and submit a full-length screenplay with a completed application form. The winner of the competition would receive a bursary for six months of study at a leading US film school specialising in screenwriting.
FELA! is a new musical directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones with a book by Jim Lewis, in which audiences are welcomed into the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.
Friend and photographer to the immortals of jazz, Herman Leonard is the daddy of jazz photography. Paul Boakye caught up with a living legend still in pursuit of pleasure.
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, March 6th 1923, Herman Leonard was eight years old when he walked into a darkroom and saw naked pictures of his brother’s wife developing in a tray. It was 1931 with no Playboy magazine or anything like that around and the nudity shocked him. Then he said, “wait a minute, if he can do that with a camera, why can’t I?”