A panel discussion on diversity in film with The Bay's Daragh Carville & Chair of Lancaster Black History, Geraldine Onek.

About this event

Widescreen invites you to an exciting panel discussion on diversity in film with reference to Shaka King's Judas and the Black Messiah (2021).

This panel brings together co-founder and Chair of The Lancaster Black History Group Geraldine Onek and esteemed playwright and screenwriter Daragh Carville, best known for co-creating and writing the ITV crime drama The Bay.

In this Widescreen session, Geraldine and Daragh will be discussing the importance of diversity in film with reference to the Judas and the Black Messiah (2021), directed by Shaka King. This award-winning film follows the story of Fred Hampton, the gifted civil rights leader who rose through the Black Panther party to become chairman of the Chicago chapter.

This event will feature presentations from both Geraldine and Daragh, followed by an audience Q&A.

Zoom details will be sent closer to the date.

Widescreen is a project created by The Dukes, Lancaster, funded by Film Hub North. The project seeks to engage with the local community to help expand our film audience, with a strong focus on making our programming and spaces more diverse.


Geraldine Onek, the Chair and co-founder of Lancaster Black History Group, a grassroots community group of residents working to fight racism through education. Lancaster Black History Group includes representatives from across the community – local community activists, school teachers, arts organisations, voluntary groups, academics and historians. Additionally, they have collaborated with archivists and historians, who have allowed access to valuable resources, such as, databases of slave voyagers from Lancaster, as well as documentation of the cargo they carried.

Daragh Carville, playwright and screenwriter best known for co-creating and co-writing the ITV crime drama The Bay. First broadcast on ITV in 2019, series 1 attracted an average audience of over seven million viewers. Series 2, broadcast in 2021, built on this success, attracting an average audience of over eight million. The Bay has been sold to over 100 countries worldwide. Series 3 is currently in production for broadcast in 2022.