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Black characters in British films tend to be represented in stereotyped ways. Destiny Ekharaga talks about how her films attempt to challenge this.

For Destiny, as a writer and as a director, the pleasures of making stories on film go hand in hand with a desire to get a message across, particularly in relation to voices that often tend to go unheard. Destiny draws upon her own experiences growing up in South London to tell stories about the experiences of the people around her.

In the clip, Destiny mentions her short films, Tight Jeans (2008) and The Park (2009), each of which can be viewed by clicking the links. Both films contain strong language and sexual references, with some more explicit images towards the end of The Park.

We will look more at her feature debut comedy, Gone Too Far (2014), in later steps; view the film trailer. Set in Peckham, South London, the story is about two brothers, the younger, Yemi, has been raised in London and the older, Ikudayisi in Nigeria. When Ikudayisi arrives in London, he proves an embarrassment to Yemi, who tries to hide his Nigerian origins, particularly from the flirty Armani, who is of West Indian heritage.

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